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01-24-22 Assault, North of Campus

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
January 24, 2022
Assault north of campus

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On Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, around 5:45 p.m. Seattle police responded to the area of the 4500 block of 18th Avenue NE to a report of an assault. The victim was walking with another person when they were approached by three men and one woman. The woman grabbed the victim around the neck and punched her in the face with a closed fist. One of the men then tased the victim on the left leg, causing the victim to fall to the ground. As other people came into the area where the assault was occurring, all three suspects got into a vehicle and left the area northbound through an alley. Seattle Fire Department personnel responded to the location of the incident and treated the victim for the injuries sustained in the assault.

Witnesses at the scene could not provide descriptions of the suspects, however Seattle PD reported they fled in a Mercedes sedan. An area check was done for the suspects and the suspect vehicle but they were not found.

If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime or the suspects, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011. The Seattle Police Department case report number is 2022-19984. 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.
• Remove yourself from potentially dangerous situations as soon as possible.
• Call 911.
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.
• Vehicle descriptors: Color, model, make, number of occupants, direction of travel, license plate.

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