Photo by Steve Shay
A woman jogging on the 5400 block of California Ave. S.W. in West Seattle was attacked by an unknown male just after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3. After the attack, a message was found at the scene, written, possibly by the woman, in chalk on the sidewalk. Pictured, the chalk was still barely visible Thursday after rainfall (and tweaked here to help see the letters).

Female jogger attacked in West Seattle leaves cautionary note in chalk

A woman jogging on the 5400 block of California Ave. S.W. was attacked by an unknown male just after 5 a.m. on April 3, according to Seattle Police Det. Renee Witt.

Witt said the man came out of the shadows and "grabbed the victim's waist, pulled her down into crouch position and fondled her genital area."

The victim screamed and the man let go, running northbound and then east onto S.W. Brandon St.

When police arrived the woman said the suspect, described as an unknown race male at 5'9" tall and wearing a dark colored hoodie and dark pants, never said anything during the attack. She declined medical attention.

A few hours after the attack, a message was found at the scene, written in chalk on the sidewalk:

"Women of West Seattle:

Physical / Sexual Assault took place HERE.

The man ran away & was not located by police. I was out for my A.M. run in our neighborhood. Be AWARE!

WARN YOUR FRIENDS"

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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