Seattle police: Intruder stabbed woman inside her apartment

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by ADAM MERTZ / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 5:59 PM

SEATTLE- Police are looking for an intruder who attacked a woman inside her Rainier Beach apartment Wednesday morning.

Seattle police say the man stabbed the victim with a knife as she tried to fight back.

“It was a scary scene for me,” said one neighbor.

The neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, said the woman came to her door covered in blood and asking for help. She called 911 as the suspect took off down the street.

“She had a black eye, looked like she got stabbed in the face a couple of times and maybe on her head,” said the neighbor.

Seattle police believe the suspect may have jumped on a bus at 46th Avenue South and South Henderson and got off at Rainier Avenue South and South McClellan.

“The number of buses in the area led us to give that information to all the Metro bus drivers in the area. One of them said he may have boarded the bus," said detective Drew Fowler.

Fowler said the victim told police the suspect was East African in his early twenties and wearing a red shirt, blue jeans, and red and white tennis shoes.

It’s unclear how the suspect managed to get inside the victim’s third floor apartment. An assistant manager at the apartment complex said no one can get in the building without a key.

"She told them (police) he climbed up to her balcony, which I don't believe that,” said assistant manager Vivian Credit. “You cannot just walk into this building.”

Credit said the victim had several visitors throughout the night.

Seattle police say the victim is expected to survive.

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