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Sketch of rape suspect

Detectives are trying to identify a man who attempted to pull a woman into a wooded area to rape her in Covington, the King County Sheriff’s Office said today.

The attack happened Sunday, Nov. 18, about 4:30 p.m. when a 38-year-old woman was grabbed as she walked on a sidewalk near Southeast 267th Street and Timberlane Way Southeast, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The assailant pulled the woman east of the road toward trees, pressing something metal to her neck and saying only the word “sex,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

The man spoke broken Spanish in a very aggressive tone, saying he knew where the woman lived and he threatened to kill her if she called the police, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The woman fought back, knocking the metal object from the man’s hand, kicking him and scratching him on the right side of his face, the Sheriff’s Office said. She was able to escape, but suffered a large cut on her hand from the attack.

The man was described as a 28 to 30 years old, 5 foot-10 with a thin build. He has medium skin tone, sunken cheeks and a Fu Manchu style beard. He was last seen wearing a black “doo rag,” a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans with a bright-colored panther painted or sewn on the pant leg. He also had long white spike earrings and a silver hoop/ball in his left eyebrow.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311 (24 hours) or 911, and reference case number 12-268229.