LACEY - Lacey police are investigating the assault of a 61-year-old woman who was attacked in broad daylight Thursday as she was walking behind the Fred Meyer shopping plaza at 720 Sleater-Kinney Road S.E.
According to Lacey police, the woman said a man came up from behind, grabbed her and pulled her to the ground. A witness came to her aid. The suspect fled westbound on foot into the shopping center parking lot.
The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s, 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and brown shoes.
The incident is not thought to be related to a Tuesday night assault on Olympia’s west side. The suspect descriptions in the assaults appear to be different, Lacey Police Lt. Jim Mack said.
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In the Olympia assault, a man described as black, in his 20s, 5-foot-7 with a medium build and short-cropped hair, tried to pull a woman into bushes in the 300 block of Division Street Northwest and Garfield Avenue, according to the Olympia Police department. That incident happened about midnight Tuesday. A man who was driving by saw the attack, called 911 and got out of his vehicle. The suspect fled, police said.
Anyone with information on the Lacey crime is asked to contact the Lacey Police Department Detective Division at 360-459-4333. Anyone with information on the Olympia crime is asked to call the Olympia Police Department at 360-753-8300. They also can call Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222. Callers don’t have to leave their names.
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