Police release suspect sketch in possible assault near Hazen

March 4, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

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NEW — 3:15 p.m. March 4, 2011

Investigators released a sketch Friday of a man suspected in a possible sexual assault near Hazen High School.

Sketch of the man believed to have sexually assaulted a teen on Monday.

Washington State Patrol suspect sketch.

Washington State Patrol detectives seek information and witnesses after a teenage girl reported sexual assault late Monday afternoon.

Police said a man in a truck picked up the Issaquah girl at about 5:30 p.m. as she walked along state Route 900 at 148th Avenue Southeast, assaulted her and preceded to drive around the area. The girl told police he held her against her will and released her after about 30 minutes.

Investigators described the suspect as a Hispanic man between 19 and 25 years old, and about 5-feet 6-inches tall. Police said he had a strong accent, and wore jeans, a dark blue sweatshirt and a hat. Sideburns could be seen from beneath the hat.

Investigators described the truck as a dark blue, midsize pickup. The truck bed contained a blue metal toolbox with white writing.

Issaquah School District administrators sent a safety alert to parents Tuesday afternoon, as the Washington State Patrol continues to investigate the incident. Renton School District officials sent an e-mail to parents Friday about the incident.

The state patrol asked witnesses and people with knowledge about the case to contact Detective Stacy Moate at 401-7746.

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