Police hope surveillance images from a Puyallup Wal-Mart will help them catch a man suspected of attempting to sexually assault a woman Tuesday night.
Puyallup Police said it happened around 10:20 p.m. in the 2900 block of 5th Street Southeast. The woman was walking when she encountered the suspect. After a brief conversation, the woman was allegedly attacked and forced toward a nearby fence.
The woman hit the suspect with her knee and was able to run to a Wal-Mart where she asked for help.
Officers and a K-9 couldn’t find the man. During the investigation, they learned a man matching the description was in the same Wal-Mart before the alleged assault and was seen on video surveillance.
The suspect is described as white, in his 30s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 180 pounds. He had stained or possibly decaying front teeth. He also had a distinctive circular tattoo around his bellybutton and another tattoo on his right bicep. He wore a red baseball cap, baggy blue jeans and no shirt.
Police said the suspect had been playing with a lighter both in the store and in the area of the assault.
Anyone who can identify the suspect or knows where he is can call the Puyallup Police Department Tip Line at 253-770-3343.