UPDATE: Acting on tips provided by the public, Puyallup police arrested a 32-year-old man Wednesday evening in connection with this case. The man, who lives in Puyallup, will be booked into the Pierce County Jail for on suspicion of attempted sexual assault, Puyallup police tweeted.
PREVIOUS POST: Puyallup police are looking for a man who tried to sexually assault a 22-year-old woman walking down the sidewalk Tuesday night.
The attack occurred about 10:20 p.m. in the 2900 block of 5th Street Southeast.
The victim told officers she spoke briefly with the suspect and then he forced her to a nearby fence, where he assaulted her.
She was able to knee the suspect and run to a nearby Walmart, where she sought help from employees.
A police dog searched the area but could not locate the attacker. Capt. Scott Engle said the suspect has been inside the store before and police were able to find surveillance footage of him.
The suspect is described as white, in his 30s, about 6-feet-2 and 180 pounds. He has a stained or decaying front tooth and a circular tattoo around his bellybutton. There is another tattoo on his right bicep.
During the attack, he was wearing baggy jeans, a red baseball cap worn backward and no shirt. Police said he played with a lighter both in Walmart and around the time of the assault.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the Puyallup Police Department Tip Line at 253-770-3343.