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Attempted abduction in Town Center

Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter This artist’s rendering depicts how PEAK may look if completed on 86th Avenue S.E. just north of the school district administration building. Parking issues have stalled the project. -
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter This artist’s rendering depicts how PEAK may look if completed on 86th Avenue S.E. just north of the school district administration building. Parking issues have stalled the project.
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Mercer Island police are investigating an attempted abduction that occurred in the Town Center last Thursday evening.

According to the press release from the Mercer Island Police Department, the victim, a 56-year-old woman, was walking in the 3000 block of 77th Avenue S.E. around 7:05 p.m. when a male suspect came up from behind her, grabbed her hand and attempted to speak to her. A sketch of the suspect can be found on page A7 in the Police Report.

The victim told police the suspect’s speech, however, was unintelligible, possibly broken English. Even though she tried to pull away, the suspect prevented her with his grip on her hand. As this happened, the suspect attempted to pull her into the bushes and covered her mouth with his other hand to silence her screams.

The victim eventually broke free and fled to Rite Aid to call 911.

Police stated that weapons were not used and that there was no vehicle seen associated with the attack. The motive is also unknown and no witnesses observed the incident.

The victim described the suspect as a young man approximately 17-years-old of Middle Eastern decent, with an average to thin build, smooth skin, short dark hair, dark eyes, and a large “rhinestone” stud in his left ear. The suspect stands about 5-foot-7 and was wearing dark clothing.

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