An 18-year-old woman jogging on a trail behind the Clearwood development near Yelm was attacked from behind and thrown to the ground Saturday night, but was able to elude her attacker by running away, according to the Thurston County Sheriff's Office.
Thurston County sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said the woman reported she was jogging with her sister on the Reichel Beach trail between 6:30 and 7 p.m., but the two were separated.
According to Elwin:
The 18-year-old reported that she felt someone grab her sweatshirt from behind and she fell to the ground. She said she then got up and ran. She added that she turned around to look over her shoulder as she ran away, and she saw a man chasing her. She was able to elude the man and call 911, Elwin said.
The suspect is described as a white male adult, 5 foot 10 with an average build. He was wearing a black or dark blue stocking cap, a black or dark blue sweatshirt, and black or dark blue workout pants. He was wearing white shoes.
Sheriff’s detectives were canvassing the neighborhood Monday trying to learn more about a possible suspect, Elwin said. Elwin said detectives were trying to arrange for someone to complete a composite sketch of the suspect.
Anyone with information that can help detectives identify a suspect is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 360-786-5500 or Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222.