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Police investigating attempted sexual assault on 89-year-old woman at Green Lake Park

What do you think? (3 Comments) December 20, 2010 at 12:19PM

12:15 p.m. – We are just getting word that a man attempted to sexually assault an 89-year-old woman at Green Lake Park early Saturday morning (Dec. 18, 2010).  The suspect has not yet been caught.

Seattle Crime reporter Jonah Spangenthal-Lee has the story here.  Please be advised that this report may be disturbing to some readers.

We will continue to follow this story and will update you if we learn more.

Update, 1:45 p.m. - The SPD Blotter now has a report available here.

Update, 4 p.m. – A story about this incident, as well as similar attacks in other Seattle parks, is available here.

Update, 4:55 p.m. – KIRO has some additional information – the woman “suffered a bruised hip, but was not seriously injured and declined medical attention.”  See the rest of KIRO’s story here.

3 Responses to “Police investigating attempted sexual assault on 89-year-old woman at Green Lake Park”

  1. This story is absolutely sickening. While Green lake and Seattle parks are generally safe and free of violence, it is important to remember that it can happen to anyone. The Seattle Police Department and Green Lake Community Council encourage citizens to remember these guidelines regarding their personal safety when walking, jogging, bicycling, etc: 1) Use well-lit and well-traveled areas. 2) Avoid going out alone during hours of darkness. 3) Always carry a cell phone and a flashlight. 4) If possible, travel in pairs or groups. 5) Be ready to call 911 if you need to. 6) Report any suspicious activity or persons to 911.

  2. nseattlesarah says:

    Sunset today is at 4:20pm. If we avoid going out alone in hours of darkness, some of us will never go out at all :)

  3. horseknuckle says:

    Sickening is right. The only thing I would add to Michael’s list is that resistance is not futile (sorry if that sounds too Trekky). In other words, make a fuss and a loud one. Nothing discourages a criminal more than a witness, particularly one who looks like he/she might intervene.