WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Woman attacked near two schools, creek

Received tonight from a reader:

I’m writing about an incident that occurred on Tuesday, 6/4 at about 3:30 pm. I was walking my dog at the corner of SW Kenyon and 24th Ave SW (across the street from the new pedestrian pathway over Longfellow Creek). A man attacked me from behind and put me in a choke hold. I was forced to the ground, held, and groped. The attacker ultimately released me and disappeared between a couple buildings in Westhaven Apartments. I reported the event to the police.

I just want to get the word out for people to be careful in that area – especially since it happened in the middle of the afternoon. A lot of students from Chief Sealth and Denny walk through that area before and after school.

The person who attacked me was a white male, approximately in his 20s, medium height, slightly overweight. He was wearing black, gray, and white.

No other descriptive details. If you have any information, the SPD incident number is 24-151643.

13 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Woman attacked near two schools, creek"

  • Alki resident June 10, 2024 (3:21 am)

    I’m so sorry. How terrifying. I hope you’re ok and safe. I hope the schools are aware of this by now too. 

  • Dez June 10, 2024 (8:03 am)

    Thank you for sharing such an awful thing and I’m so sorry this happened to you. You are brave and strong!

  • ACG June 10, 2024 (8:43 am)

    Oh my. I am so sorry to hear this. Please take good care of yourself after this traumatic event. Best wishes. 

  • Jen June 10, 2024 (9:01 am)

    Thank you for reporting and thinking of others. Please do all you can to take care of you. I hope you have a network of love surrounding you. 

  • Kersti Muul June 10, 2024 (9:16 am)

    That is absolutely terrifying. Let us know how we can support you. Thank you for letting the community know. I’m sure it’s difficult to talk about.

  • LJJ June 10, 2024 (9:25 am)

    This must have been horrific. I am so sorry that happened! I worry that this person will try this again. To everyone: if anyone ever puts a choke hold on you from behind, position your chin in their elbow and look down. Drop to your knees and try to summersault forward. They will likely lose their hold, in which case, RUN. 

    • Suzanne June 10, 2024 (5:28 pm)

      Also if you’re grabbed from behind, immediately slam your heel down hard on their foot, ideally crushing their arch and breaking bones in their foot.  The goal is to disable them so you can outrun them to escape. Practice with a partner or friend, or sign up for self defense class and practice there. You want this to be an immediate reaction so your body knows what to do without you having to think about it. 

      And carry pepper spray GEL (not liquid spray) for accuracy and less vulnerability to wind. Sabre is an excellent brand — Police strength, shoots up to 20 feet, and can be sprayed at any angle, including upside down. It even marks your target so the police can identify them.  

      I highly recommend “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker for everyone girl and woman — https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Fear-Survival-Signals-Violence/dp/0440226198

      I’m so incredibly sorry that happened to you. Please do let us in the community know what we can do to support you. And THANK YOU for getting the word out.

      ALWAYS TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. Listen to that internal warning signal. It’s there to protect you.  

  • HS June 10, 2024 (9:46 am)

    Thank you so much for reporting… afternoon, walking with a dog… I cannot believe you had to experience this. I am absolutely enraged on your behalf.

  • flimflam June 10, 2024 (10:10 am)

    So awful, sorry you went through that.

  • Charly June 10, 2024 (10:54 am)

    Your bravery to have endured such a traumatic experience then help the rest of your community stay safe is so powerful. Sending you strength and gratitude, wishing you continued healing. 

  • CarDriver June 10, 2024 (2:17 pm)

    The boldness of a daylight attack in a public place highlights the danger of this person and is a reminder that while it was a woman this time next it could very well be a senior(man or woman) or a student or any one of us reading the WSB. It’s also a reminder that politeness doesn’t count. You kick/scream/spit/slug/punch and call 911 as soon as possible with a description.

  • FinallyRdy? June 11, 2024 (3:37 pm)

    Are west coast cities finally ready to vote for more conservative “tough on crime” candidates or are they waiting for someone they know to be the victim of these types of things? What will it take? Also, fwiw, neither side has shown any commitment state funded mental health, raising the floor, etc so it may be time to root swifter solutions in reality rather than aspirational change. Would you change your perspective on “tough on crime” candidates if this was your wife, mother, or daughter in this post?

  • D June 12, 2024 (7:47 pm)

    So sorry this happened and glad you are safe! Sure stomping on a foot might work but ultimately, if you can, jam that finger deep in an eye. They aren’t going to be worried about holding you after that. Also a good aggressive cat claw to the face anywhere will make them think twice. Be safe out there !

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