Lacey police are asking for information about an attempted sexual assault that took place last week near Lacey City Hall and Saint Martin’s University.
According to a statement police released Tuesday, a woman was attacked in the early morning Sept. 29.
She was walking on a wooded trail — northeast of City Hall and near a retention pond adjacent to the university campus — when an unknown man came up behind her, struck her several times on the head and face, knocked her to the ground, and dragged her into the woods. The woman was able to convince the man to leave her alone.
The man apologized and begged her not to call police. Moments later, she saw him riding a large, silver mountain bike.
The suspect is described as a white man with a heavy athletic build, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall. He had a reddish-brown full beard and mustache, about 1 inch long. He was wearing a gray, zipped, hooded sweatshirt. The strings hanging from the hood had bright yellow tips. He also wore khaki pants and brown loafer or leather shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Lacey Police Department detective division at 360-459-4333 or Olympia/Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Police also ask residents to be vigilant and watchful of their surroundings, and to walk with a partner when possible.