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July 17, 2020

01-28-20 Aggravated Assault

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
January 28, 2020
Aggravated Assault

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On Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at 2:57 p.m. Seattle police were called to UW Hall Health after a student being treated there reported being assaulted 10 minutes prior in the 4700 Block of University Way NE. The victim was walking near the street and saw the suspect talking to himself. The suspect approached and started assaulting the victim, who fell to the ground. The victim could see the suspect possessed a razor blade and slashed it at her face multiple times. The victim received a cut and multiple scratches, got away from the suspect and sought treatment. Seattle police checked the area but did not locate the suspect. The suspect was described as a male with dark complexion, in his 30s, close to 6-feet tall with a medium-length beard, and braided hair that was bunched, and pulled up.

If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime or the suspect, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011. The Seattle Police Department case report number is 20-32891. To report a crime in progress, or other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.

Crime Prevention Tips for Similar Incidents:
• Plan the safest route to your destination.
• Choose well lighted busy streets and avoid short cuts through parks, vacant lots or unlit areas
• Vary your route and schedule.
• Remove yourself from potentially dangerous situations as soon as possible.

If you suspect criminal activity, here is some helpful information to pass on to the police:
• Clothing descriptors: Look for layers under the visible layer, other distinctive identifiers, etc.
• Physical characteristics: Height, weight, eye and hair color, mannerisms, scars or tattoos.
• Direction of travel.

Contact the University of Washington Police Community Engagement Unit at 206-685-1916 for additional crime prevention information.