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Man Arrested After Attempting to Sexually Assault Woman in Westlake Neighborhood

Officers arrested a 41-year-old man in the Westlake neighborhood on Sunday after he attempted to sexually assault a woman as she was walking her dog.

Shortly after 5 p.m., officers received a report of a man attacking a woman in the 1400 block of Dexter Avenue North. When police arrived, they found bystanders holding the 41-year-old man down on the ground.

Officers handcuffed the man—who was sweating, grunting, and yelling—and spoke to witnesses and the victim.

The victim had been walking her dog in the area when she saw the suspect yelling and chasing another person on the street. She entered a building to avoid the man but, moments later, he followed her inside, grabbed her from behind and pushed her into a wall. The man then picked her up, threw her to the ground and attempted to remove her pants. 

Witnesses saw the attack and came to the woman’s aid.

Officers arrested the suspect, who had a boxcutter on him during the incident, and booked him into the King County Jail for assault, indecent liberties, and kidnapping.