Olympia

Man arrested in attack of woman on Olympia trail

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A man suspected of attacking a woman as she was walking her dog on the Woodland Trail Monday morning has been arrested, according to the Olympia Police Department.

Daniel Leatherman, 21, was arrested for three outstanding warrants, but has since been identified as the suspect in the attack, said Laura Wohl with Olympia Police.

The attack happened around 9:30 a.m., when a man wearing all black clothing approached the victim, pulled her off the trail, and assaulted her, Wohl said. While police are not specifying the manner of the attack, it was apparently sexually motivated.

The victim was able to convince the man to let her go, and she was not seriously injured.

"She did a wonderful job convincing this attacker to let her go," Wohl said. "She did everything right."

Wohl also credited a local business owner for helping police catch their suspect. Two officers were searching an area near the business Monday afternoon, and as the officers drove away the business owner noticed a man come out of the woods.

"She immediately called 911 and so our officers were able to turn around and come back to the scene," Wohl said. "They had a short chase but (the officers) were able to get a hold of him with the help of one of our canine officers."

Wohl said the man was previously wanted on drug use and property crimes.  He's expected to be booked into the Thurston County Jail.