Police Looking For Female Suspect In Beacon Hill Assault

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee April 7, 2011

Seattle police still don't know who attacked a 43-year-old woman in her Beacon Hill apartment in a strange incident earlier this week, but police sources tell us homicide detectives have a few leads, and are searching for a female suspect.

Shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, police received a flurry of 911 calls from residents, on 14th and Plum on Beacon Hill, that a woman wearing only her underwear was stumbling and crawling down the street, calling for help.

Police arrived at the scene and found the victim, who had sustained serious injuries to her head and body.

Officers entered the woman's nearby apartment to search for a suspect, and found the victim's apartment was filled with gas. Officers pulled back and called in a fire crew to deal with the gas.

Firefighters entered the apartment and found that all four burners on the woman's gas stove had been turned on high, but had not been lit.

After a fire crew shut off the gas, police searched the apartment, but did not find a suspect.

Police initially said they weren't sure how the victim was injured, but sources tell us the victim spoke briefly with police before she was rushed to Harborview, and told them she was attacked by a woman.

As of 10:30 am this morning, the victim was still in critical condition at Harborview.

Police say they have not yet identified a suspect.

A department spokesman declined to discuss details of the case.

SPD is asking anyone with information to contact detectives at 206-684-5550.

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