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Bellevue Police Release Sketch of Suspect in Sexual Assault of Massage Therapist

A Bellevue massage therapist was sexually assaulted at knifepoint Tuesday night by a customer, Bellevue police reported. Police released a sketch of the man on Thursday.

have released a sketch of a suspect in a sexual assault of a massage therapist in Bellevue's Overlake area. 

The Tuesday night by a repeat customer, Bellevue police reported.

The woman, 45, told police that the suspect, a repeat customer at the business, scheduled a massage at the business in the 15200 block of NE 20th St., started to make sexual advances towards her during the appointment.

According to the police department, when the woman refused his offer, he grew angry, threatened her with a pocket knife and proceeded to sexually assault her. The victim told police she recognized him as being a past client of the business, but his identity is unknown, police said. 

A K9 search of the suspect was conducted but the suspect was not located, police said. It was unknown if the suspect left on foot or in a vehicle.

The suspect is described as a white male aged 45-46 with a muscular build, black hair and no tattoos. He was professionally dressed with black pants and a white shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Bellevue Police Detective Bob Thompson at 425-452-4871.

Caitlin Moran August 31, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Thanks for the restated comment, dorimonsonfan.
Malia Kawaguchi August 31, 2012 at 11:57 PM
It could be a massage business with multiple practitioners. I'm a repeat massage customer at the ProClub, but there are many therapists there who haven't worked with me directly. Even more likely at places like Massage Envy and the like...
dorimonsonfan September 01, 2012 at 12:29 AM
maliia, good point. that might explain the inexplicable anonymity here.
Caitlin Moran September 01, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I asked our Bellevue editor, Venice Buhain, if she had any additional insight. She said the exact phrasing on the Bellevue PD press release was that the therapist "she recognized him (the suspect) as a past client." As Malia pointed out, that doesn't necessary mean he was her client.
andie September 03, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Possible the client gave a false name on the form and paid cash. Obviously one would not rape if he knew personal information would lead the police back to him. As an LMP I know that some men view us as sexual objects no matter how professional we are. My sympathies are with the victim, I hope she is OK. May the police quickly catch this guy before he hurts someone else. And for those who want to blame the victim, I hope this never happens to anyone in their family.

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