Yesterday evening at approximately 6:30 p.m., a 55-year-old woman jogging through Seward Park was attacked from behind by a stranger with a knife. She managed to fight her attacker off with the help of a witness, according to the Seattle Police Department, however, her attacker remains at large.
From the SPD Blotter:
The victim told officers that as she was jogging along the trail she saw the adult male suspect. She described him as a black male with light complexion, 16-25 years old, with short hair and a “baby face”.
The victim stated that as she jogged past the suspect, he grabbed her from behind and threw her to the ground. The victim told officers that the suspect was armed with a knife. The suspect punched the victim several times and the victim fought back. A witness heard the victim’s screams and rushed to the scene of the attack. Upon the witness’s arrival, the suspect fled.
"The victim did absolutely nothing wrong—there's nothing she could have done to prevent this attack short of staying home," says SPD spokesman Sean Whitcomb. "It's troubling because when you have a perfect stranger attacking another person, it's quite possible that it's an indicator of additional violence to come."
K-9 units, Harbor Patrol and the Guardian One helicopter with thermal imaging were all deployed to search for the suspect, who managed to slip by the heavy police perimeter. SPD is now focusing on compiling a composite sketch with help from the victim and canvassing the area to let residents know what occurred and that they should be extra cautious and alert.
Whitcomb says that while the victim wasn't stabbed, her injuries were consistent with "a very vicious fight." She was treated on-scene before being taken to a hospital for further treatment. Anyone with information about the crime should call the Seattle Police Sexual Assault Unit at (206) 684-5575.