Police investigate possible sexual assault
March 8, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
Investigators continue to search for a man involved in a possible sexual assault near Issaquah last week.
Washington State Patrol detectives seek information and witnesses after a teenage girl reported a sexual assault Feb. 28. Investigators released a suspect sketch March 4.
Police said a man in a truck picked up the Issaquah girl at about 5:30 p.m. as she walked along state Route 900 at 148th Avenue Southeast in May Valley near Issaquah, assaulted her and proceeded to drive around the area. The girl told police he held her against her will and released her after about 30 minutes.
“She thought it was somebody she knew, and that’s why she got in the car,” Detective Stacy Moate said. “Once she was in, she realized it wasn’t, but at that point it was too late.”
Investigators described the suspect as a Hispanic man between 19 and 25 years old, and about 5 feet 6 inches tall. Police said he had a strong accent, and wore jeans, a dark blue sweatshirt and a hat. Sideburns could be seen from beneath the hat.
Investigators described the truck as a dark blue, midsize pickup. The truck bed contained a blue metal toolbox with white writing.
Issaquah School District administrators sent a safety alert to parents March 1, as the state patrol continued to investigate the incident.
The state patrol is investigating the incident because the area is under the agency’s jurisdiction, rather than the King County Sheriff’s Office.
What to know
Investigators asked witnesses and people with knowledge about the case to contact Detective Stacy Moate at 401-7746.
Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.