Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating an assault suspect after a woman was grabbed while walking with her niece in North Aberdeen. Lieutenant Kevin S. Darst said that it was reported at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, November 22.

Aberdeen officers interviewed a 34-year-old female and her husband at their home in the 1100 block of West Wishkah Street. The victim said she was walking to the alley driveway behind their house with her niece to give her a ride to school when a white male grabbed her in a bear hug.

The suspect, described as a white man with a beard, about 5’10” and in his mid-twenties had a knife with a 4 to 6-inch blade in his hand. The victim and her niece screamed and the victim struck the suspect with the lunch that she was carrying. The suspect released the victim, who ran back into the house with her niece.

The victim described the suspect as a white male, 5′-10″ to 6′ tall, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap and blue jeans, about 25 years of age, and having a beard.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Kevin Darst at the Aberdeen Police Department at (360) 533-3180.