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Seattle police seek to identify man who attacked woman in Central District apartment building

Seattle police are looking for a man who they said attacked a woman after following her into her apartment building on May 30.

It happened just before 10:00 p.m. in the Central District. Seattle police released surveillance footage showing the woman entering the complex and getting into the elevator. As she got inside, a man appeared at the door and forced it open.

The woman looked around as the man ran into the elevator. He hit and kicked her multiple times. The attack lasted less than ten seconds but the woman is seen on the ground as the man left the building.

She suffered broken bones in her face and a concussion.

“If I was in her place, I’d be really scared. It’s heartbreaking to see her like that,” MD Chy, a resident who lives in the building, said.

Tom Frederick has lived in the building with his family for three years.

“I hate to see that happen to anybody,” Frederick said. “You can tell that the door was locked when the guy ripped open the door, poor gal didn’t have a chance.” He said he’s never seen anything like this happen here before.

“If I could just rip open the door to get in, what’s to say somebody else won’t?” Frederick said.

Chy said the building should check on these things regularly.

“They should do regular tests on that, the security door like they do the fire testing,” Chy said. The building is controlled-access and if you don’t have an FOB, you have to be let in by a resident.

“I mean I feel like I always have to get buzzed in and no one is ever willing to open the door,” Carolyn Rosquita, who visits her girlfriend regularly, said.

Frederick said he wishes he was told about this sooner.

“Not knowing that it happened is more upsetting than anything else,” he said. “It happened back in May, why weren’t we informed?”

The man police are looking for is between 5′6″ and 5′10″ with a short, light-colored buzz cut. He was wearing a camouflage patterned shirt or jacket over a white T-shirt. Police said he also appeared to walk with a hunched posture.

KIRO 7 reached out to the apartment complex for comment and are waiting to hear back.