The King County Sheriff’s Office now says that the attack on the teen jogger Wednesday night did not occur on the Lake Wilderness trail but rather on a dirt trail just south of there.
Deputies re-interviewed the 15-year-old Tahoma student on Thursday. This helped them identify the location of the attack as a dirt path near the Burlington Northern – Santa Fe railroad tracks west of state Route 169 just south of the Maple Valley city limits in unincorporated King County, says Sgt. Cindi West, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office. A number of mountain bike and hiking trails have been constructed in this area.
The interview also helped deputies sketch the likeness of one of the two suspects. West says both men are described as white and in their late teens or early 20s. The man in the sketch was wearing a dark hoodie and camouflage cargo shorts at the time of the attack. No sketch could be made of the second suspect, but he is described as wearing a dark green zip-up hoodie at the time.
The girl told deputies that she was out for a jog around 8 p.m. Wednesday when the men saw her on the trail and began verbally harassing her. When she ignored them, they grabbed her from behind, threw her to the ground and tried to remove her pants. As she tried to escape, one of the men stabbed the girl in the leg with a pocket knife. The girl managed to run to a friend’s house on a nearby street. Police searched but have not been able to find the suspects.
Anyone with information should call the King County Sheriff’s Office at (206) 296-3311 or 911.
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