Woman assaulted on North Creek Regional Trail

A woman walking alone on the North Creek Regional Trail on Dec. 13 was assaulted.

The attack occurred at 1:30 p.m. in the 19000 block of the North Creek Regional Trail that runs between North Creek Parkway South and 120th Ave. NE, in the City of Bothell. As she was walking, she was approached from behind by an unknown subject, grabbed and pulled to the ground. The female was able to escape by fighting back and immediately reported the assault to the Bothell Police Department, according to police records.

The suspect was described as being approximately 5’8” tall, medium build, wearing a black puffy jacket with a hood pulled over the face and denim jeans.

The following crime prevention information is offered to trail users and pedestrians:

- Avoid walking or jogging alone.

- Let someone know where you are going and how long you’ll be gone.

- Carry a cell phone, but secure it in a case. Avoid carrying your phone in your hands to deter potential cell phone thieves.

- Be aware of your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed, avoid deserted portions of the trail, head for a populated area and call 9-1-1.

- If you see activity that you believe is suspicious, call 9-1-1.

- If you are confronted by someone that you suspect means you harm, yell loudly, drop your belongings, fight back and get away. Get the best physical description possible of your attacker, including height, weight, race, gender, hair and eye color, clothing description and direction of travel. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

The Police Department is actively investigating this assault and anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Bothell Police Department Tip Line at (425) 487-5551.

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