A woman was taken to the hospital after she reported being pushed to the ground and kicked in the parking lot of a Liberty Lake business Wednesday morning.
Liberty Lake police responded to the Meadowwood Technology Park, located in the 24000 block of E. Mission at 7:25 a.m. where they found the woman, who claimed after she got out of her car she was approached by a man who asked her for a cigarette. She claimed the man proceeded to push her to the ground and then kicked her.
"She was approached by the suspect in this case, asked if she had a cigarette and then was assaulted. She was pushed and knocked to the ground and kicked by this person," Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus said.
The suspect reportedly did not take anything from her and walked away.
The victim went inside the business and reported the assault to fellow employees, who called 911. The business went into lockdown until police arrived.
"We had actually recently done training for them about lockdown procedures, so they did a great job the did what they needed to do," Asmus said.
The woman gave officers a description of the suspect -- a black male, approximately six feet tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, red shoes and gold chains around his neck -- but after officers searched the fresh snow for a second set of footprints leaving the scene and spoke with construction workers -- who had not seen anything unusual -- they failed to find anyone who either witnessed the alleged assault or saw a person that matched the suspect's description.
The woman was taken to the hospital for evaluation of her injuries. There is video surveillance footage that police are reviewing.
"Currently our detective is working with their building facilities people to review that video to see if we have that incident or description of that suspect captured on camera," Asmus said.
Police say you should always be aware of your surroundings but there is the possibility this incident did not really happen they way the victim reported it. With that said, if anyone has information on the incident you're asked to call the Liberty Lake Police Department at 509-755-1140.