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Suspect arrested after assaulting 19-year-old woman

On January 24th at approximately 3:28 a.m. a 19-year-old female victim was walking in the 800 block of East Pine Street when an unknown adult male suspect walked up behind her.  The suspect grabbed her and placed his hand over her eyes and mouth and told her to keep quiet.  The victim yelled that she was calling 911 at which point the suspect struck her on the face above her right eye, causing injury.  The suspect then ran off westbound.

Responding officers contacted the victim, who provided them with a suspect description.  As officers searched the area the suspect was spotted and subsequently ran off and jumped several fences. 

Containment was set up around Cal Anderson Park based on the officers’ belief that the suspect ran into the park.  The suspect was located hiding in some thick bushes behind a barbed-wire fence.  Due to the extraordinary effort on the part of the canine unit the 25-year-old male suspect was subsequently taken into custody without further incident and booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Assault.