A lone female restaurant worker responsible for closing up shop at her place of business in North Bend, Wash. on the night of March 9 was “duct-taped, raped and stabbed” while closing down her restaurant located in the 400 block of Mount Si Boulevard.
The cowardly and gruesome assault happened just after 11 p.m. when the woman walked out the back door of the restaurant, according to The Seattle Times.
Police said the woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, where she was listed in stable condition this morning.
The woman told police that her assailant “wore a hoodie and some sort of scarf over his face,” and is still roaming free and unidentified.
Snoqualmie-North Bend Police Chief Steve McCulley said that as the woman walked out of the back door of the restaurant, the man grabbed her and forced her back inside where he tied her up with duct tape, raped her, and stabbed her once in the chest.
McCulley said Major Crimes Task Force detectives are processing the scene for evidence.
He said it appears the attacker targeted the business.
Another woman, Serina Yama, who works at a nearby Subway sandwich shop and who also has to close up shop occasionally by herself, found the news alarming.
“It’s scary being a girl at closing,” Yama said.
The Snoqualmie-North Bend Police Department is assigning additional police patrols in the area at closing times until the suspect is caught.
McCulley said that citizens should be on the alert, “but not afraid.”
“It’s alarming and people should be aware of what’s going on around them, but they do not have to be fearful,” McCulley said.
Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to call the police at 425-888-3333.
Callers can remain anonymous.
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