Woman robbed, stabbed in Issaquah Highlands

August 9, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Police said a man stabbed and robbed a 36-year-old woman early Aug. 8 in a typically quiet apartment complex in the Issaquah Highlands.

The incident occurred at about 12:15 a.m. in the 1700 block of 16th Lane Northeast in a parking lot at The Highlands at Wynhaven, a complex next to Grand Ridge Elementary School.

The woman said a man approached her as she returned to the apartment after parking her car. Investigators said he then punched and stabbed her, stole her purse and fled.

The woman described her attacker as a stocky white or Hispanic man dressed in dark clothing and a dark-colored baseball-type cap. She last saw him running east as he fled.

Medics transported the woman to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. Physicians had treated and released her by late morning.

In heading for Harborview, the ambulance crew bypassed the emergency room at Swedish/Issaquah in the highlands and the ER at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.

Harborview is a Level I trauma center, a type of facility capable of providing the highest level of surgical care to patients.

Josie Williams, Eastside Fire & Rescue spokeswoman, said the ambulance crew could have chosen Harborview if medics suspected possible damage to a major blood vessel or organ.

“Overlake can deal with a lot of stuff, but typically, Harborview is known as a trauma center, so that’s why we transport our worst patients there,” she said.

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