Intruder attacked woman, police say

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE – Police believe a woman was sexually assaulted by a man who broke into her home and attacked her Tuesday afternoon.

The woman, in her 20s, told police that a man forced his way into her northeast Mountlake Terrace home around 1 p.m., Mountlake Terrace police Assistant Chief Pete Caw said.

She was taken to an area hospital, Caw said.

“We have problems with thefts and burglaries all the time, but nothing of this type,” Caw said.

Police were still looking for the suspect Tuesday evening.

He’s described as a white male in his 20s, slim and about 6 feet tall. Police believe he has facial hair and was wearing a black polo shirt, Caw said.

It’s unclear whether the man had a weapon or stole anything, Caw said.

After the man left her home, the woman told police she called out-of-state family and told them about the attack, Caw said. The family called 911.

It’s not uncommon for victims of sexual assaults to call friends or family before calling police, Caw said. However, tracking down suspects gets more difficult as more time passes, Caw said.

“But I can totally understand how that happens,” Caw said. “She was pretty upset; she just wanted some support.”

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