Police Seek Help In Finding Attempted Rape Suspect In Burien

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UPDATE 12/21/11 9:50 p,m.: The King County Sheriff’s Office announced via Twitter this evening that the sketch previously sent out (and posted here) was NOT the suspect in the alleged sexual assault attempt – it was of a “person of interest.” We have since removed the sketch.

PREVIOUSLY: The King County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding a suspect claiming to be an apartment manager, who entered an apartment in the 13700 block of 12 Ave SW in Burien Monday evening and attempted to sexually assault a 13-year old girl.

Police say that the victim had taken out the trash and was approached by a black male as she walked back to her apartment around 7 p.m. Monday night (Dec. 19). The suspect told her he was the apartment manager and needed to check the hot water tank.

The victim let the suspect into the apartment where he attempted to sexually assault her. During the incident the victim yelled for her 9-year old brother to call the police and the suspect fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a black male, 16-22 years old, with a shaved head or very short hair.

The apartment complex has regular uniformed security and all employees wear uniforms. The suspect is not believed to be an employee.

The Burien Police notified the apartment managers who in turn notified the complex residents.

“Detectives have been working all day on every avenue to try and identify this suspect,” said Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer. “It is a high priority for us and the Sheriff’s Office.”

If you have any information related to this crime please call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311.

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