Man assaults woman in 2nd similar attack


by KGW staff

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 11:29 AM

CORVALLIS – A woman was attacked and assaulted by an unknown man wearing a ski mask Saturday night in Corvallis, police said.

Police said the incident was similar to another attack that happened on the Oregon State University campus on Jan. 16.

In the most recent attack, the victim was walking from her home to her vehicle around 7:30 p.m., near Northwest 29th Street and Northwest Fillmore Avenue, said Capt. Dave Henslee with Corvallis police.

The suspect came up from behind her and tackled her to the ground. He then hit her multiple times in the body. After a brief struggle, the suspect fled the area, Henslee said.

Police and sheriff’s deputies responded to the area but did not locate a suspect.

"It's very scary," said Elizabeth Groth. She lives next door to the victim who was too shaken up to speak about the attack. 

Groth has a teenage daughter at home.

"We went over the whole safety thing with her and said, 'stay off your iPod and be aware of who is around you,'" she said.

The suspect was described as a white man, around 6-foot-3, with an athletic and muscular build and dark eyelashes. He was wearing a black ski mask, black athletic pants, white shoes, and a dark hooded sweatshirt.

The sweatshirt had a white circle printed on the back with cursive writing going from the lower left to upper right side of the circle, Henslee said.

The Jan. 16 attack on the Oregon State University campus occurred just after 10 p.m. and police said both assaults had similarities.

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In the Jan. attack, a female victim was knocked to the ground by a similar suspect. Police were able to develop a composite drawing of him based on the woman’s description (pictured).

Corvallis police warn everyone to be constantly aware of their surroundings and to park vehicles in well-lit areas at night. If possible, walk with other people and report suspicious people to law enforcement.

Anyone with information about either attack was urged to call police at 541-766-6924.

KGW reporter Wayne Havrelly contributed to this report.