Police release sketch of assault suspect

Law enforcement officials have released a composite sketch of a man they say broke into a woman’s home, sexually assaulted and beat her, then held her hostage for several hours.

The assault happened on the 3000 block of East Hoquiam Road on the afternoon of Oct. 4. A neighbor reported the incident to 911 at 5:08 p.m. after the 57-year-old woman ran to his house for help.

The sketch was released Wednesday. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate said it took almost a month to develop a sketch because deputies first chased down leads and names of potential suspects before realizing they needed a sketch. Because there was only one sketch artist available in Western Washington, it took a while to get the drawing finished, he said.

The woman reported to police that the man came into her house with a knife and possibly a gun, beat her, sexually assaulted her and then held her hostage. The woman wasn’t certain of the time frame, but estimated she was held for several hours. Numerous Sheriff’s deputies, along with a canine unit from the Aberdeen Police Department, searched the area for hours, but he had already escaped.

The woman was transported from the scene to Grays Harbor Community Hospital. According to the fire department, the woman had multiple contusions and abrasions on her body and a half-inch cut on her face. The injuries were not life threatening however, officials said.