Police patrols added for trail area


Herald Writer

EVERETT — More police patrols are planned for the Interurban Trail, site of a vicious stabbing attack against a 14-year-old girl Oct. 9, an Everett police official told concerned neighbors Thursday.

But citizens will have to do their part to prevent crime there, too, said Everett Police Capt. Jim Seaman.

The comments were made at a meeting of about 40 neighbors and city officials Thursday evening at Eisenhower Middle School. At issue was how to make the trail safer.

It’s an issue of particular importance to the girl’s mother, who went to the meeting to ask for neighbors’ help in keeping the trail safe.

"I sure don’t want anybody else to get hurt," the mother said.

She also thanked the paramedics who saved her daughter’s life, as well as the still-anonymous jogger who interrupted the attack. The girl has been released from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and is recovering, her mother said.

Meeting organizer Paulene Watson asked that the mother not be interviewed. She has not been named because The Herald generally does not reveal information that would point to the identity of attack victims.

Watson proposed several ideas for making the trail safer, including adding lights and organizing volunteers to clean up garbage along the debris-strewn trail. It would also be helpful if more people used the trail, she said.

Lights would be helpful, but the best prevention is for people to be cognizant of their personal safety, police Sgt. Chris Andersen said. Parents should teach children to go down the trail in groups, Anderson said.

Police Chief Jim Scharf noted that the attack on the girl occurred in the dark, while she was alone, at an early hour. Such attacks are rare, and the trail is not one of the more dangerous areas in the city, Scharf said.

"Up until this time, we’ve had very few incidents where somebody has jumped out and tried to accost a child," he said.

Seaman said the patrol beat that includes the Interurban Trail in Everett has added bicycle officers, who will spend more time patrolling the trail. But they can’t be there all the time, so citizens still need to use some precautions, he said.

"I can assure you that we are going to pick up the pace as best we can," Seaman said.

Watson asked volunteers to attend a trail cleanup planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Workers are to meet at the Everett Mall or at the Wal-Mart on 164th Street SW in Lynnwood.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Members of South County Fire practice onboarding and offboarding a hovering Huey helicopter during an interagency disaster response training exercise at Arlington Municipal Airport on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, in Arlington, Washington. The crews learned about and practiced safe entry and exit protocols with crew from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue before begin given a chance to do a live training. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Snohomish, King counties train together for region’s next disaster

Dozens of agencies worked with aviators Tuesday to coordinate a response to a simulated earthquake or tsunami.

Police stand along Linden Street next to orange cones marking pullet casings in a crime scene of a police involved shooting on Friday, May 19, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens man identified in Everett manhunt, deadly police shooting

Travis Hammons, 34, was killed by officers following a search for an armed wanted man in a north Everett neighborhood.

Funko mascots Freddy Funko roll past on a conveyor belt in the Pop! Factory of the company's new flagship store on Aug. 18, 2017.  (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Lawsuit: Funko misled investors about Arizona move

A shareholder claims Funko’s decision to relocate its distribution center from Everett to Arizona was “disastrous.”

1 stabbed at apartment in Lynnwood

The man, 26, was taken to an Everett hospital with “serious injuries.”

A firefighting helicopter carries a bucket of water from a nearby river to the Bolt Creek Fire on Saturday, Sep. 10, 2022, on U.S. Highway 2 near Index, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Red flag fire warning issued west of Cascades

There are “critical fire weather” conditions due to humidity and wind in the Cascades, according to the National Weather Service.

A house fire damaged two homes around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Photo provided by Marysville Fire District)
Fire burns 2 homes in Marysville, killing 2 dogs

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire north of Lakewood Crossing early Tuesday, finding two houses engulfed in flames.

A transit rider steps onto a Community Transit bus on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Police: Passenger randomly stabs man in neck on bus in Everett

The two passengers reportedly did not know each other before the attack. Police arrested a suspect hours later.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Mountlake Terrace in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Mountlake Terrace eyes one-time projects for $2.4M in federal funds

Staff recommended $750,000 for a new roof and HVAC at the library, $250,000 toward a nonprofit facility in Lynnwood and more.

The Snohomish River turns along the edge of the Bob Heirman Wildlife Preserve at Thomas’ Eddy on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
To build a healthier Snohomish River, more log jams

About $2.8M in grants will help engineer log jams, tear down levees and promote salmon restoration at Bob Heirman Wildlife Preserve.

Most Read