75-year-old woman injured in Seattle street attack dies

Herald staff

SEATTLE — A 75-year-old woman injured in an attack on a Seattle street died Friday at Harborview Medical Center.

Police said the woman suffered head injuries in the attack early Thursday at the corner of Fourth Avenue N. and Valley Street, near Seattle Center.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman as Kathleen R. Ryan of Seattle.

She was one of three women pushed to the ground by a man. The other two women were not seriously injured.

Police arrested a shoeless, scraggly-haired man spotted after one of the attacks. His name was not released.

Investigators said there appeared to be no connection between these attacks and a series of assaults in recent weeks.


  • Volunteers count 909 homeless: A fleet of volunteers hit the streets early Friday for an annual count of the city’s homeless, tallying 909 people. More people were counted last year — 983 — but this year’s numbers did not include 111 people living in a tent village on Beacon Hill, some of whom participated in the annual Operation Nightwatch. Volunteers set out at 2:30 a.m. Friday, walking through downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill, lower Queen Anne, First Hill, Beacon Hill, Green Lake, Gas Works Park, the University District and other areas. Officials estimate that at least 6,000 people sleep on the streets of King County on an average night.

  • Bomb threat disrupts game: Friday night’s annual Fishbowl football game between rivals Peninsula and Gig Harbor high schools was postponed by a bomb threat targeting Peninsula High School Stadium. Police and sheriff’s officers were investigating the threat, reported by several students, school district spokesman Jim Bellamy said. Peninsula High School’s radio station, KGHP, said the threat was made over the Internet. A bomb squad searched the Peninsula campus Friday, turning up nothing suspicious. Security was beefed up at both schools. The football game was rescheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Bremerton High School.

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