January 25, 2006
A Hood River woman reported on Monday that she had been attacked by a stranger while walking her dog in the wee hours of the morning.
The victim told police that she was grabbed from behind by an unknown male. The attempted assault took place about 1 a.m. near Eighth Street and Pacific Avenue.
Hood River City Police Chief Bruce Ludwig said the victim did not get a clear look at the man, who did not appear to have a weapon. After fighting him off, she ran home and called 9-1-1.
Neither Ludwig nor Hood River County Sheriff Joe Wampler believes the latest attack is related to the Jan. 12 rape of a Markham Road woman. However, both agencies are working together in case further information eventually links the two incidents together.
Women are asked to take extra safety precautions, according to Ludwig and Wampler.
A composite drawing of a Hispanic male was created by a forensic artist in the Markham Road case. It can be viewed on the Hood River News’ Web site:
The victim, whose husband had just left for work about 5:30 a.m., was sexually assaulted after going outside to check out why her dog was barking. She described the suspect as a male about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 190 pounds.
Anyone with information on either case is asked to call Sheriff’s Detective Gerry Tiffany at 287-6846 or City Detective Stan Baker at 387-5251.