UPDATED at 11:45 a.m.: Lakewood police are searching for a man suspected of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint early Sunday.
The department released a composite sketch of the suspect today in hopes that someone comes forward with information about his identity. Investigators have exhausted other leads in identifying the attacker, the department reported.
The 48-year-old woman had been in her vehicle in the Woodbrook neighborhood early Sunday, according to a Lakewood Police Department press release.
The suspect jumped into her car and, at gunpoint, forced her to drive to a secluded area near the 7500 block of 146th Street Southwest. He sexually assaulted the woman and punched her repeatedly in the face.
During the attack, the suspect accidentally honked the horn in the woman’s car. The noise alerted a neighbor and prompted the suspect to flee, police reported.
The woman called police and was later taken to a Tacoma General Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
The victim described her attacker as black and 25 to 35 years old. He might have had facial hair or a goatee. During the attack, he wore a dark hooded sweatshirt and shiny blue “Carolina” basketball shorts.
He had a tattoo of a six-pointed star on his right forearm. The victim said the tattoo appeared to look professionally done and three-dimensional.
Police ask anyone with information on the attacker to call 911 or the department at 253-830-5000.
Tipsters also can call Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959. Callers can remain anonymous.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and charges filed in the case.