Police investigate attempted sexual assault at Cal Anderson Park

by: Jeff Dubois Updated:

SEATTLE —

A woman heard someone yelling for help while she walked through Cal Anderson Park on Seattle’s Capitol Hill early Monday.  But when she went to help, the man who claimed to have been stabbed, pulled a knife on her.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the woman told detectives her attacker grabbed her by the arm and pushed her against a tree. 

 A post on the Seattle Police Blotter said the attacker, “held her there with his arm while he attempted to masturbate.”  He then threw the woman to the ground.  Two men out walking their dog interrupted the attack, and the victim walked to a nearby police precinct to report the crime.

People who use the park were upset to hear the news.  “It’s terrible and terrifying,” said Bonnie Swift, who takes her daughter to Cal Anderson Park on a regular basis.

Police escorted the victim back to the park to look for the attacker.  They didn’t find him, but police did arrest a homeless man who they said was concealing a sword, meat cleaver and a black pellet gun. 

That arrest was unrelated to Monday morning’s attack.

 The suspect is described as a white man, in his 30s, 6 feet tall, with a thin build.  The victim told police he has bad acne on his face, bad teeth, short black hair, and was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt at the time of the attack.

 Anyone with information about the suspect or the attack is asked to call Seattle police.