Kirkland police have released a sketch of a suspect in the Oct. 25 rape of an 80-year-old woman in Juanita, and are seeking the public’s help in identifying him.
The woman had been walking from a bus stop to her home in the 9500 block of NE 128th Street when she was assaulted by the man, forced into her house and raped. An earlier press release issued by the Kirkland Police Department indicated the man left after the attack with a bite wound to the hand. The woman was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.
Police describe the suspect as a dark-skinned black male, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 with a medium build, and in his early twenties with a “long skinny face.” The victim clearly recalled that he wore a golf/newsboy style of cap, possibly made of leather, dark brown with no seams. She described the suspect as “good-looking,” not scary, and said he was very thin.
Kirkland Police Department spokesman Lt. Mike Murray said the case is not related to any other rapes reported in Kirkland in recent months, and that no solid leads have been developed.
"It's not related to anything else we have," he said. "Our detectives held back in releasing the sketch. It was developed a couple weeks ago. We didn't want to tip him off from the get go, so it was released to our police friends in surrounding jurisdictions. Now we're asking for more help."
The sketch was drawn during an interview with the victim, and police are asking anyone with any information that might help identify him to call the department’s tip line at 425-587-3515, or email Det. Dave Quiggle at email@example.com.
For a previous Kirkland Patch story on the case, click here.