SEATTLE – Police are asking for the public’s help to find a man who offered to give a woman directions, then assaulted her last month on Capitol Hill.
Seattle police say the victim was planning to meet a friend at a club near Boylston Avenue E. and E. Olive Way around 10:30 p.m. on April 28. The victim parked her car on E. Olive Way, then used a GPS app on her phone to navigate on foot to the club.
The suspect allegedly approached the woman and offered to walk her to the club. They walked east on E. Olive Way, then turned north on Belmont Avenue E., then east on E. Thomas Street. The woman realized they were going in the opposite direction of the club, thanks to the app, but the man directed her into an alley that he said would get them to the club.
Once in the alley, police say the man pretended to drop his keys, which were attached to a lanyard. The then picked up the lanyard and wrapped it around the woman’s neck from behind.
The victim fell to the ground and the man pinned her there by straddling her. He allegedly punched the woman in the head and face. The woman fought back, punching him several times in the face and possibly cutting him with her keys. When the attacker covered the woman's mouth with his right hand, she bit down on it.
The suspect ran off northbound through the alley toward E. Thomas Street.
The suspect is a white male, 23-35 years old, 5-feet 9-inches tall and 170 pounds. He has a slender build, dirty blonde or strawberry blonde hair with a short buzz cut. He was wearing a white baseball cap, a beige “Members Only” jacket, beige or khaki work pants and white tennis shoes. He may have lacerations on his face and a bite wound to the inside of his right hand.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Seattle Police Department Sexual Assault tip line at 206-684-4882. Tips may remain anonymous.
Information compiled by KING 5's Travis Pittman