Suspect in Edmonds sexual assault may have tried again

An anonymous tip led police to check the H-Mart Store in Lynnwood for additional video, police said.

EDMONDS — Police in Edmonds believe a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in a busy supermarket last Saturday tried to do the same thing to another girl an hour later in a different store.

An anonymous tip led police to check the H-Mart Store in Lynnwood for additional video, Edmonds police Sgt. Shane Hawley said. The tip came from a father who reported the same suspect tried to sexually assault his daughter the same day.

The first incident occurred around 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Ranch 99 market, police said.

The suspect was described as a white man in his 50s or 60s, possibly with a goatee. He was reportedly wearing a bright blue T-shirt and dark shorts, based on a still image from surveillance video.

Police have gathered video clips from both stores. A clip from the most recently obtained video was released Friday.

“We need to find this guy,” the Edmonds Police Department tweeted.

“We need to find this guy,” the Edmonds Police Department tweeted.

The video reportedly shows the same suspect in the H-Mart store. The stores are about 4½ miles apart.

Anyone with information about the suspect can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS, call Edmonds police at 425-407-3999, or go to edmondswa.gov/police/anonymous-tip.html.

“We need to continue to push his picture and this story to the public, as he is not yet identified,” Hawley said in a press release. “We would also like to be able to ask the anonymous tipster to come forward and contact us, as he never reported it to the police.”

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

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