Teen girl fights off attempted kidnapper in Kent; suspect sketch released

Kent attempted kidnapping suspect sketch KOMO.jpg
Kent attempted kidnapping suspect sketch KOMO.jpg

KENT, Wash. - King County Sheriff's detectives are asking for help to identify a man accused of trying to sexually assault and kidnap a 16-year-old girl in Kent last week.

Investigators said the teen was out walking/jogging around 11:45 p.m. on August 13 near S. 272 Street and 42nd Ave. S.

The teen told detectives when she came around a corner, there was a dark SUV sitting on the right side of the road and a man was outside the vehicle. She said she turned around and tried to run the other direction when the man grabbed her.

She said the man then grabbed her by the throat and pushed her into the driver's side of the vehicle. He attempted to sexually assault her, but she kicked him and knocked him down. The teen said she screamed and honked the vehicle's horn to get someone's attention.

She then scratched his face and tried to get away when he grabbed her again. She said the man grabbed her by her sweatshirt, but she was able take it off and run away. He then tried to grab the victim's leg and her shoe came off.

She said she was able to get away and flag down a passing car for help.

Detectives said the man is described as 6-feet-2-inches tall, with salt and pepper shoulder-length hair. He's believed to be between 50 and 55 years old and was driving an older, dark-colored 4-door SUV similar to a Toyota 4-Runner.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect sketch is asked to call 206-296-3311.

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