Woodway police said they arrested an Edmonds man in his 60s early Sunday evening after he allegedly attacked and attempted to sexually assault a woman on the beach just south of the Point Edwards condominiums.
Woodway Police Chief Doug Hansen said the woman was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect, an Edmonds man who is familiar to law enforcement officers, fled the scene but was tracked down by a Lynnwood Police K-9 unit and bitten by a police dog. He received medical treatment at the hospital.
Hansen said police don’t believe the suspect knew the woman, who was attacked around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. According to Hansen, the man ran toward the victim, hit her in the face and knocked her down. He then began hitting her in the head, possibly using a rock as a weapon, and began to choke her. The man, who was making sexual comments, also threatened to drag the victim into the water and drown her.
The woman’s screams were heard by two people walking nearby. The suspect ran away as the passersby got close, Hansen said.
Police believe that the man was attempting to sexually assault the victim, based on statements the suspect made, Hansen said.