Arrest made in sexual attack on Bellingham barista

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Bellingham police have arrested a teen boy they suspect sexually assaulted a female barista on Aug. 25.

Police spokesman Mark Young said it was about 4:20 a.m. when the 25-year-old barista at the Cruisin' Coffee stand on Lakeway Drive was attacked by a teen while she was getting ready to open.

The woman told police the attacker approached her and asked if she was open. She told him she was about to open, and would take his order in a few minutes, at which point the teen reached in through the window, opened the door and attacked her. The attacker pushed her to the floor, while grabbing and groping her and attempting to pull off her clothes, police said.

The victim fought off the attacker, and received only minor injuries.

In the days after the attack, police released an image of the suspect that was captured on security camera. Detectives credited phone tips leading to a suspect, and the victim was able to pick the teen out of a police lineup. The teen has since confessed, Young said.

The boy was taken into juvenile detention for investigation of first degree attempted rape.

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