UW Police

July 17, 2020

3-17-20 Assault

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
March 17, 2020
Assault

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On Tuesday, March 17, at 8:10 p.m. a student was assaulted in the hallway of a campus residence hall, located in the 1100 block of NE Campus Parkway. The student reported that after walking down a hallway she was about to enter her room when a man quietly came up behind her and placed his arm around her neck and began to choke her. The force of the choke caused her to lose consciousness for a few seconds. She initially screamed, which was heard by two people in the area who rushed to her aid. When one witness arrived they saw the man fleeing down the hallway. The victim was treated by Seattle Fire Department personnel. She did not complain of any immediate injuries and was not transported to a hospital. Police performed a detailed search of the building but did not locate the suspect, who was described by a witness and the victim as having a dark complexion, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall; medium build; short, curly black hair; wearing a white, polo-style, long-sleeved shirt. The shirt may have had a dark-cuffed sleeve. He was also wearing black athletic shorts.

If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime or the suspect, please call the University of Washington Police Department at 206-685-8973. The case report number is 20-00007947. To report a crime in progress, or other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.

Crime Prevention Tips for Similar Incidents:
• Be aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you.
• Prohibit others from following behind you and gaining entrance to a residence hall without authorization.
• Immediately report persons believed to be trespassing to the police.

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.