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Suspect Arrested For University District Sexual Assault

Update 2/28/2017:

Police have linked a suspected burglar arrested Monday by North Precinct patrol officers to a sexual assault last Thursday near the University of Washington campus.

On Monday, officers responded to a burglary in the 5600 block of 15 Ave NE and arrested a 33-year-old man for the break-in. Patrol officers believed the burglary suspect may have been the same suspect wanted for a rape in the same neighborhood, based on an extremely detailed description given by the victim. Officers contacted the Sexual Assault unit, and detectives confirmed the burglar was the man they had been seeking for the sexual assault.

Officers booked the man into King County Jail.

Detectives are currently investigating a sexual assault that occurred Thursday morning just north of the University of Washington campus.

On February 23rd, at approximately 10:30 am, the victim woke to a stranger inside her bedroom in the 4700 block of 16th Avenue NE.  The victim was assaulted before the suspect fled the area. The suspect remains at large, but is described as the following:

Dark skinned black male, late twenties, approximately 5’8″ tall, thin build, with very short curly black hair.

He may have a slight gap between his top two front teeth.

He may speak with a slight, “African” accent.

He was wearing a maroon baseball hat with an unknown design, white long-sleeve shirt, dark blue jeans.  He was carrying a white plastic bag.

If anyone has any information on this crime please contact the Seattle Police Department Sexual Assault Unit at (206) 684-5575.