Rape victim escapes in Blaine

Published on Thu, Aug 8, 2002
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Rape victim escapes in Blaine

A woman kidnapped in Bellingham on Friday and sexually assaulted escaped from her captor Sunday morning on Pipeline Road and ran to neighbors for help. “She slipped by the individual and ran to two houses,” said Whatcom County sheriff Dale Brandland. “The first was unoccupied but at the second she got in touch with a resident and we became involved.”

The 33-year-old Deming woman was in the 1700 block of North State Street at 10 a.m. Friday morning when an older model full-size dark green van pulled up and a white man in his early forties, the only occupant of the vehicle, came out of the side doors. He put a silver revolver to the woman’s head and forced her into the vehicle. “He held her for two days during which she was sexually assaulted. Repeatedly,” Brandland said. He added that during this period the suspect drove to different locations in the county.

The victim described her assailant as a six-foot tall, 180-200 pound man in his early forties with thinning gray hair and hazel eyes. He spoke in a deep voice and had a neat and orderly appearance. The older model dark green van has no windows in the sides or back and has blue carpeting inside.

Local authorities contacted Canadian law enforcement on suspicion the suspect may try to enter Canada and there have been unconfirmed reports of a similar vehicle in Skagit County. However, the sheriff’s office is asking anyone to contact them at 676-6650 with any information regarding the vehicle or the suspect. As he had a gun, the suspect is considered armed and dangerous...
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