by Alex Rozier, KHQ Local News Reporter - bio | email
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Right now local authorities are conducting a manhunt for the suspect in an alleged assault of a woman Wednesday morning in the area of 17th and Carnahan in Spokane Valley.
According to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, the suspect is described as a naked black male, with a muscular build, and a tattoo on the upper portion of his right arm. He was last seen in the area of the 3800 block of East 13th at around 6 a.m. The assault happened around 5:15 a.m.
Deputy Craig Chamberlin told KHQ that deputies have been looking for the suspect since about 3:30 a.m. after a people reported a "naked black man" was knocking on windows in the Carnahan Crest housing development. He added that a helicopter (Air One) and a K-9 unit is assisting in the search for the suspect.
KHQ Local News spoke with one woman who witnessed the naked man outside her window. She said she called 9-11 twice before when he started tapping on her back door. The first time the 911 operator did not take her seriously, according the anonymous neighbor. She claims the 911 operator told her to "call back if it continues." She says "she panicked" and called back right away. The Sheriff's Deputies then came out and searched, but after 45 minutes they couldn't find anything. Five minutes after they left is when she spotted the streaker.
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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE SHERIFF'S OFFICE:
On Wednesday morning, July 11, 2012, at about 2:30 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 4800 block of East Gloria Lane on a suspicious person call. The homeowner told deputies that she was awakened when she heard someone knocking on her back window. The homeowner called 911 and waited with her two children while deputies responded to the area. Sheriff's Deputies checked the area but were not able to locate the suspect. At 3:45 a.m. the homeowner's husband came home from work and found a naked black male standing in their front yard. Deputies were still in the area when the homeowner called 911 but were unable to locate the suspect. At 5:15 a.m., a woman taking her morning walk was assaulted near the area of 17th and Carnahan Road. The victim told deputies a naked black male approached her, attempted to take her watch from her, threw her to the ground and partially drug her down an embankment. After a brief struggle, the victim was able to get away from the suspect. The female victim was injured during the struggle. The victim said the suspect had an athletic build and had some type of tattoo on his right shoulder. The victim said the suspect should have scratches on his chest and arms from the altercation. Citizens are asked to call 911 with any information about this incident.
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