Police search for man involved in Southeast Newport Way attack

June 5, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 2:30 p.m. June 5, 2012

Bellevue police asked for assistance Tuesday to find the suspect in a violent attack against a woman near Southeast Newport Way and Lakemont Boulevard Southeast.

Bellevue Police Department suspect sketch

Investigators said the woman used pepper spray to fend off the attacker and later escaped. Bellevue police responded to the area near the Bellevue-Issaquah city line at 11:30 p.m. June 1.

The 23-year-old woman just disembarked from a King County Metro Transit bus at a stop near the intersection. Police said the male suspect, another passenger on the bus, followed her as she exited the vehicle.

The suspect then grabbed the woman from behind and attempted to drag her from the roadway. Police said she resisted, but the suspected punched her in the face several times and then threw her to the ground.

The woman then retrieved pepper spray from her pocket and sprayed the suspect. The attacker then fled from the scene.

Police later used a dog to search for the suspect, but could not locate him.

The bus did not have a surveillance camera.

The woman and the Metro bus driver described the suspect as a noticeably pale, white male. They described him mid-20s, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a thin build, shaved head and thin mustache. Police said he wore a white polo shirt with brown horizontal stripes and baggy blue jeans.

Investigators asked people to call 911 if they see the suspect.

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