A woman was taken to the hospital after her throat was cut during an assault in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Seattle police have arrested a 62-year-old man on investigation of assault.

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Seattle police arrested a 62-year-old Seattle man early Friday on investigation of assault after a woman with her throat slashed was found in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

Just before 2 a.m., an officer was alerted to a possibly intoxicated woman near Boren Avenue North and Mercer Street, according to the Seattle Police Department’s online blotter. The officer went to check on her and discovered she had been critically injured and was unable to talk, the post says.

She and the officer communicated through handwritten notes, and she was able to direct police to the suspect, who was found covered in blood in a parked van nearby, police said.

According to police, he “acknowledged involvement in the assault.”

Because of the woman’s injuries, police were unable to determine her age or her connection to the suspect, said Detective Patrick Michaud. He said detectives may have located a weapon but could not say Friday what was found.

The woman was in critical condition when she was taken to Harborview Medical Center, Michaud said.

The man was booked into the King County Jail at 4:50 a.m., according to jail records. Courts records indicate the man has a lengthy criminal history dating to the 1970s and he appears to be a prolific car prowler, with 17 convictions for car prowling as of 2010.

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