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Man climbs through window assaults woman

NORTH BEND - A 30-year-old North Bend woman was sexually assaulted while sleeping next to her husband last week by an unknown man who climbed through her bedroom window.

According to King County Sheriff's Office officials, the incident occurred at about 2 a.m. on July 30 in the northeast section of North Bend. Due to the ongoing investigation, deputies were reluctant to give out specifics of the incident, but said the sexual assault occurred while the family was sleeping in their single-story house. Officials said the windows of the house were open due to the recent hot weather.

According to King County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart, the woman woke up, realized she was being assaulted and screamed. The noise awoke her husband, Urquhart said, who jumped out of bed as the suspect dove through the open window and escaped.

Urquhart said responding units were on the scene within minutes of the incident. Although a search was conducted by King County Sheriff's Deputies who were assisted by the Washington State Patrol immediately following the event, the suspect was not found.

North Bend Police Chief Sgt. Joe Hodgson said deputies have a person of interest, but as of the Valley Record's deadline, no arrests had been made.

The suspect was described by the victims as possibly a 5-foot 10-inch Native American male, about 25 years of age, who was wearing black shorts and had shoulder-length dark hair.

Hodgson said the event should serve as a reminder to residents to close windows, or bar them so they open no more than four inches, at night no matter how safe they think their neighborhood may be.

Residents with any information regarding the case are asked to call the King County Sheriff's Office North Bend Substation at (425) 888-4433.

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