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May 4, 2010 at 12:58 PM

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Sketch released of Tiger Mountain Trail attacker

Posted by John de Leon


Sketch of man who attacked a woman on the Tiger Mountain Trail on April 24.

King County detectives have released a sketch of the man who attacked a woman on the Tiger Mountain Trail on April 24. They're asking for the public's help in identifying the man.

The attack happened at about 10:40 a.m. as the victim, a 24 year-old Seattle woman, was working with a crew for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The woman walked up the trail about 100 yards when she was approached by a man in running clothes.

The man engaged the woman in small talk. When her back was turned he grabbed her, shocked her with some sort of stun gun and pushed her to the ground, according to a Sheriff's Office account. She fought back and escaped and ran down the trail until she found her co-workers.

The man got away.

The suspect is described as white, in his mid-40s, with gray to white hair, 5-feet-8 and about 160 to 165 pounds. He was wearing a gray pullover sweatshirt with a "coarse weave." He wore black, Spandex running pants, a white mock-turtleneck, light-colored running shoes and black gloves with Velcro closures.

The victim said the man was clean shaven and neat in appearance.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to call the King County Sheriff's Office at 206-296-3311 (24 hours) or 911.

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