Personal safety reminder

On Monday morning, at approximately 6:30 a.m., a female jogger was attacked by a man while she was running around Green Lake. The incident occurred on Green Lake Drive North at Wallingford Avenue. According to the SPD Blotter, “the victim was able to fight off her attacker and the incident was reported at 6:45 a.m.” A nearby bicyclist chased the suspect, following him into a residential area, but lost sight of him.

Also from the Blotter, “The suspect was described as a white male, possibly in his twenties, 5’7″-5’8″ tall, medium build, short brown hair, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt or jacket, and dark pants.  He was last reported running northbound from the location.”

In light of this incident, and one early Sunday morning on the 4700 block of North Thackeray, as well as an attempted abduction that occurred in Greenwood on Sunday, Terrie Johnston of Seattle Police Crime Prevention has issued the following reminder for folks to be cautious:

Dear Block Captains/Contacts:  We wanted to notify you that there have been three separate sexually-motivated attacks on women across the North Precinct.  The descriptions of the suspect vary, as does neighborhood, time of day and day of the week.  The common threads have been that the women were either walking or running by themselves, and were approached by an unknown male. Two of the incidents occurred next to wooded areas. SPD Patrol officers and Detectives are doing all they can to identify and apprehend the suspect(s). I will keep you informed of our progress.  In the meantime, please review these personal safety tips:

Awareness and avoidance:  Keep alert and tuned in to your surroundings.

Do you know your location?  Do you know the street names, hundred block?  East, South, West, North?  Could you tell the 9-1-1 call taker to where they need to dispatch responders?

Trust your instincts!  If you have an uncomfortable feeling-honor it!  Leave, cross the street, double-back.  Forget “being nice”.  If you feel uncomfortable, move! Don’t hesitate to make a scene or scream if necessary.

Try to get good descriptions of anyone acting suspiciously or threatening. Start from the head and work down. Most likely you know your height, so use this to gauge theirs.

Try and stay on streets where you can be easily seen by others. Well-lighted streets are best.

If traveling alone, take a charged up cell phone with you if possible.  Know what is available to you along your route. What time does that store open or close? Does that apt.bldg. have a security guard? Is there a payphone?

Ipod earphones, etc.  may prevent you from hearing someone approaching.  As does texting while you are walking, waiting for the bus, etc.  You need to be aware when out if public spaces.

Traveling with another person, is tried and true in reducing street crime. Going with two others reduces the risk even more.

Carrying a minimum amount of possessions is advised when out and about. It isn’t necessary to carry all your credit cards, check book, cash, and so on, every time you go out. Take what you need for this trip. Keep valuables close to the body, in inside pockets. This frees up your hands and does not invite pickpocketing.

Body Language:  Stand tall, walk confidently with your head up, eyes open and constantly scanning the surroundings.

Try not to show fear. Keep a neutral face that shows you are “in charge”.

Wear appropriate clothing for the street.  Shoes that are comfortable and allow you to run if necessary.  Choose clothing that allows you to move, and does not block your vision.

And as always, please call 9-1-1 for anything suspicious or to report a crime in progress.

Do not hesitate to call me at the North Precinct if you need more.  Also, please check our website for more info. seattle.gov/police

Terrie Johnston

Seattle Police Crime Prevention

206-684-7711

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  1. chuck said,

    The Times posted a sketch of the suspect tonight. Be safe.

    http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2013/02/police-release-sketch-of-suspect-in-north-seattle-sexual-assault/

    Tue, February 12 at 9:15 pm
  2. Greg Martin said,

    In response to these recent attacks Oom Yung Doe: 8 Martial Arts Taught as 1 is now offering free self defense classes for all members of the community.

    Women, men, teens, kids, everyone should know how to protect themselves if they are in danger.

    These free lessons may be taken at Wallingford, Crown Hill, and Lake City locations and will last for one week with unlimited attendance. Even taking one or two training sessions can make a big difference!

    Thanks Wallyhood!

    Greg Martin
    Oom Yung Doe
    206.285.9789
    8taughtas1.com

    Wed, February 13 at 10:08 am
  3. Jen said,

    This makes me so angry. I didn’t go on my usual run this morning around GreenLake because I was nervous. They better catch this guy.

    Wed, February 13 at 12:10 pm
  4. Elise said,

    Walking along the Green Lake path by Aurora early this afternoon I saw a young male who resembled that police sketch acting strangely. When he turned and saw me going by, he hurried up into the trees closer to Aurora. I ended up reporting this shortly after.
    He had a green and white striped ski hat pulled over his hair, almost to his eyebrows, black jacket, blue jeans. This was about 2:00 PM.

    Wed, February 13 at 5:02 pm
  5. Emily said,

    @Elise: Good for you for reporting it! I hope they can catch him soon. What a bummer.

    Wed, February 13 at 6:17 pm
  6. Loretta said,

    I saw several police tonight, one with a spotlight and a detective SUV, traveling at high speeds near 45th and Stone. I really hope they were after this guy and that we can all have some assurance soon that he is off the streets.

    Wed, February 13 at 11:35 pm
  7. agala said,

    I am curious .. what is ” acting strangely”?

    Thu, February 14 at 6:28 am
  8. Donn said,

    “When he turned and saw me going by, he hurried up into the trees closer to Aurora.” I suppose I might do that, but I’m strange – QED.

    Thu, February 14 at 9:18 am
  9. Elise said,

    @7: He was walking and stopping, looking up into trees and bushes along the running
    path next to Aurora Ave. He was making a weird repetitive motion with his arm. When he turned and saw me walking by, he hurried up into the bushes, and didn’t come out. I got a good look at his face. When I got to the boat house, I went into the office and asked the folks there if they thought it was worth reporting. We all decided it was. There weren’t many people walking nearby, and it was a disturbing feeling.
    I’m going to find a self defense class and some pepper spray.

    Thu, February 14 at 9:20 am
  10. agala said,

    there are many bird watchers around Greenlake. There is a homeless person who live sin the bushes by Aurora. I will not go past his area if the afternoon time seems rather deserted.

    Repetitive arm motions sound like possibly cold or one with Tourettes.. not necessarily dangerous.

    Thu, February 14 at 1:08 pm
  11. walkinroun said,

    I think most of us have pretty manageable common sense about someone “acting strange”: behaving in ways that are difficult to make sense of, unpredictable, or cause us to feel uncomfortable and possibly fearful. Many women have pretty well-tuned strangedar by necessity and keep that strangedar especially active in isolated, unlit or unfamiliar places. This post is a reminder to keep alert even in familiar places and especially when we are alone and maybe engaging in activities that cause us to behave habitually.

    Thu, February 14 at 3:25 pm
  12. Greg Martin said,

    Free self Defense Workshop
    Wednesday 3/20 6:30pm
    Oom Yung Doe Wallingford
    3845 Bridge Way N
    Seattle WA 98103

    To register contact [email protected] Space is limited

    Hello Everyone,

    Our first community Self-Defense Workshop was a success and the second workshop is next week!

    All are welcome to attend at Oom Yung Doe Wallingford, Wednesday 3/20 at 6:30pm.

    You will learn a simple, but powerful self-defense technique that can be used against many different attacks such as a grab to the wrist, arm, shoulder or hair. The same technique can even be used against a punch or a choke! With this technique even a small woman can incapacitate a much larger attacker.

    Oom Yung Doe Crown Hill and Lake City will also be holding community self Defense Workshops on the same date and time.

    Additional workshops will be held every 3rd Wednesday for the months.

    Thanks everyone, hope to see you there!

    Fri, March 15 at 7:26 pm
  13. Greg Martin said,

    Free self Defense Workshop
    Wednesday 4/17 6:30pm
    Oom Yung Doe Wallingford
    3845 Bridge Way N
    Seattle WA 98103

    To register contact [email protected] Space is limited

    Hello Everyone,

    Our first two community Self-Defense Workshops were a success and the third workshop is next week!

    All are welcome to attend at Oom Yung Doe Wallingford, Wednesday 4/17 at 6:30pm.

    You will learn a simple, but powerful self-defense technique that can be used against many different attacks such as a grab to the wrist, arm, shoulder or hair. The same technique can even be used against a punch or a choke! With this technique even a small woman can incapacitate a much larger attacker.

    Oom Yung Doe Crown Hill and Lake City will also be holding community self Defense Workshops on the same date and time.

    Additional workshops will be held every 3rd Wednesday through July.

    Thanks everyone, hope to see you there!

    Thu, April 11 at 12:38 pm

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