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Woman sexually assaulted in Cal Anderson Park; attacker flees

Woman sexually assaulted in Cal Anderson Park; attacker flees
The assault took place early Monday morning at Cal Anderson Park.

SEATTLE -- A man faked being stabbed in order to sexually assault the woman who came to help him early Monday morning in Cal Anderson Park, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to police, the victim was walking through the park shortly after 4 a.m. when she heard a man yelling for help. When she went to help him, he pulled out a knife and escorted her through the park.

The man then reportedly held the victim against a tree and attempted to masturbate before getting frustrated and pushing her to the ground.

At that point, a dog being walked in the park ran up to the two. When its owners came over to apologize, the victim was able to get away with them.

She walked to the East Precinct to report the incident. But, officers were unable to find the man, who is described as white and in his 30s. He is approximately 6 feet tall and thin with bad acne on his face, bad teeth and short black hair. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt at the time.

Officers did arrest a man who matched some of those descriptions after he was discovered in the park carrying a sword, meat clever and Airsoft revolver, according to police. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of a weapons violation.

However, the arrested man was not the man who attacked the victim.

The Seattle Police Department announced Monday afternoon it will be increasing patrols at Cal Anderson Park following the attack.