SEATTLE - Police are trying to figure out who attacked the owner of a Seattle nail salon who was found wandering on a street, barely dressed.
The incident happened on Tuesday night on South Plum Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle.
Police said the woman was found with severe injuries on her head and body and was crawling in her underwear on the street.
“We really didn’t know what we had. We didn’t know if it was some sort of medical situation. We didn’t know if she’d been attacked. We just really didn’t know,” said Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Renee Witt.
Witt said they also found the gas turned on inside the victim’s apartment, forcing the lockdown for a time of nearby Beacon Hill International School. Detectives said they don't know if the gas was related to the woman’s attack, but said they have gathered new information.
“Based on that information, we now believe that this could be a crime,” said Witt.
Neighbors were surprised to hear about what happened.
“(She’s) outgoing, friendly, the last person that you would think that would have any kind of trouble,” said the victim’s neighbor, Dennis Rosell. “I didn’t hear anything other than the police pulling up."
Crime scene investigators spent much of the day at the woman's home, deepening her neighbors' concern.
“It makes you really feel kind of uncomfortable in your sanctuary. It’s just really unfortunate that somebody would even consider doing this to another being,” said neighbor David Rogalski.
Seattle police said the attack was not random, but they have no suspects.
The woman is reported to be in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center with a low chance of recovery.