Seattle Police searched the Interlaken greenbelt Thursday afternoon after a woman reported being choked unconscious by an attacker as she walked near 21st Ave E and Interlaken Pl E.
The assault reported just before 3:30 PM drew a large SPD response to the area as medics were called to evaluate the victim reported to be a woman in her 50s. UPDATE: The victim in the incident is a 44-year-old area resident, CHS is told.
The woman told police she was walking in the area when she was approached by two black males. One of the suspects “choked the woman out” rendering her unconscious, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. We do not yet know if the attack involved a robbery. UPDATE 10/10/2014 9 AM: CHS has talked with a person with knowledge of the incident and confirmed that our account of the attack described here is correct and that one of the males may have been acting as a lookout. UPDATE 10/10/2014 11 AM: CHS has received a copy of the SPD report on the incident. A portion of the report has been added to the bottom of this post.
Police searched the greenbelt area of Interlaken and nearby streets for the suspects. One of the suspects was described as a black male, medium build, around 5’10” and wearing a maroon colored hoodie. The victim was not sure of the attacker’s age. The other male was described as a black male teen with a slender build, about 5’8″ with a lighter complexion and wearing an orange hoodie.
According to police radio, the victim was able to call 911 after the attack. We do not yet have information on any injuries she may have sustained. UPDATE: KOMO is reporting that the woman told police she fought with her attacker “and both of them tumbled down a hill and into some bushes.” UPDATE 10/10/2014 9:05 AM: According to a person with knowledge of the details of the attack, KOMO’s depiction is not accurate. SPD said it is working on providing more details as soon as possible. UPDATE 10/10/2014 12:10 PM: KOMO has pulled down its story.
There were no immediate arrests.
UPDATE 10/10/2014 11:00 AM: Here is a portion of the SPD report on the incident which describes the victim’s account of the attack as she jogged through the park. The victim told police she does not believe the attack was sexually motivated and that she punched the male as they fell down the hillside. She told police the suspect didn’t say anything during the attack. According to police, the victim’s clothing was soiled with dirt and she had no visible signs of injury but medics were called as a precaution.
UPDATE 10/13/2014: Police continue to investigate this case but a department spokesperson tells CHS there is nothing new to report.