Weekend sexual assaults bring public warning
Kent Police investigate two attacks on Kent’s east hill.
KENT, Wash. – November 1, 2011 – Kent Police are investigating two sexual assaults that occurred this past weekend. In the first case on Saturday evening, a woman was accosted in the 12900 block of Kent Kangley Road at about 10:00 PM. The second incident occurred at 7:30 PM Sunday night, in the 26200 block of 116 Avenue SE, just north of the Kent Kangley Road. In each case a single suspect approached his victim, inferred that he had a weapon, and then forced each woman to a secluded spot where she was assaulted.
In both cases the suspect has been described as a light skinned black male adult, 18 – 19 years of age, with short black hair. He is about 5-08 inches tall and described as having a slender build. Police investigators are working with the victims to develop a composite drawing of their assailant.
“There are clear similarities in each case that lead us to believe we have a single suspect”, said Kent Police Lieutenant Pat Lowery. “We want to ensure that the public is aware of these circumstances and remain vigilant for this man”. Lowery went on to describe steps that pedestrians can use to ensure their safety. They include:
- Be alert to your surroundings and avoid darkened areas. Avoid walking close to bushes, darkened doorways and other places of concealment.
- Walk on the side of the street that has the best lighting and don't walk alone.
- If you are followed, get away quickly and move to crowded areas. If in danger, run, scream, or create a disturbance to attract attention.
- Carry keys in a clenched hand and use them to poke or punch if necessary.
Kent Police want to speak to anyone who may have information about these crimes or the person committing them. Detectives are also interested in speaking with any person that may have had recent contact with a similarly described person along the Kent Kangley Road corridor. Persons with information should call Kent Police at 253-856-5808. All calls will be treated confidentially and callers may stay anonymous.
Media Release #: 11-45
Case #: 11-13292 and 11-13361
Lieutenant Pat Lowery
Public Information Officer
Main 253-856-5833 / Hotline 253-856-6880