Seattle University campus security issued this bulletin about an ugly incident reported early this morning. While not technically on the Hill, we wanted to get word out.
At approximately 6 A.M. on Friday, December 11, 2009 the SU Department of Public Safety (DPS) monitored Seattle Police response to a reported sexual assault, which possibly involved the use of a hand gun. The assault was reported in the parking garage located on private property, at the 600 Broadway Building adjacent campus (SW corner of 10th & E. Cherry). The woman victim reported the male assailant had very dark skin, was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with a dark ski mask. The suspect was last seen running northbound from the garage. SPD searched the area and DPS searched all campus garages, parking lots, and main campus areas. No person matching the description was located. DPS staffs are currently on, and will continue to be on, campus wide emphasis patrols.
Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Dana Vander Houwen confirmed that emergency personnel treated a 35-year-old woman at the location but could not provide more information on her condition. Vander Houwen said the woman was not transported by SFD to the hospital.
Detectives investigating sexual assault on Broadway
On December 11th at approximately 5:55 am, East Precinct officers responded to a call of a sexual assault in a parking garage located in the 600 Block of Broadway Avenue. Officers arrived and contacted the female victim, who stated that she had been attacked by an unknown male sometime between 5:30 and 5:45 am. The suspect is described as an unknown age dark skinned black male, 6′ tall, with a muscular build. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt (hoodie) with the hood up. He was also wearing a dark ski mask and black, lace up boots. The suspect implied that he had a gun. The suspect then fled the area after the attack.
The victim was transported to the hospital where she is receiving medical treatment. Detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit and the CSI Unit responded to the scene to investigate and search for evidence. This is an active and on-going investigation. If/when any surveillance footage or a suspect sketch becomes available, we will release this material publicly.
While there is nothing that the victim could have done differently to prevent this crime, we ask citizen to continue to be aware of their surroundings at all times, to be aware of their surroundings and to trust their instincts. If a situations doesn’t seem right, remove yourself from it immediately. Report ALL suspicious activity to 911. For additional personal safety measures, please visit our Safety and Prevention page at seattle.gov/police.