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Attempted Sexual Assault of woman, suspect in custody

On August 23rd at approximately 10:03 p.m. officers responded to the 2700 block of South Massachusetts Street for the report of an attempted sexual assault with a wounded suspect.  Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim (a woman in her mid-20’s) was outside of a friend’s house waiting to be picked up by her mother when she was approached by a nearby resident (the suspect) who is not a stranger to the victim.  The suspect, a man in his 30’s,  invited the victim inside his home so she could be inside while she waited for her mother. 

Once inside the suspect’s house, the suspect began to forcefully remove the victim’s clothing at which time a physical struggle ensued.  The victim produced a knife and stabbed the suspect in the lower torso, enabling her to break free of the suspect and flee the home.  The suspect chased the victim outside. 

Once outside the victim began screaming for help at which time the suspect retreated back inside his residence.  A neighbor heard the screaming and offered the victim refuge until officers arrived.   

Once on scene officers contacted the suspect, who was interviewed and placed under arrest. 

The suspect was transported to Harborview Medical Center by SFD medics for treatment of his non-life-threatening injury.  The suspect remains under guard and upon release from the hospital will be booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Attempted Rape. 

The victim was not injured and did not require medical attention. 

Sexual Assault Unit detectives will have responsibility for the on-going investigation.