SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are still asking the public for more information on an alleged assault on the Centennial Trail on Monday, hoping to develop a person of interest.
A woman told SPD she had been running on the trail near the Monroe Street Bridge around noon when a man grabbed her from behind, held her at knife point and tried to drag her off the trail. She managed to get away, but so did the man who grabbed her.
The story struck a nerve with a Spokane Valley woman, who asked to remain unnamed. She and her boyfriend were walking the trail Saturday when she said they encountered two suspicious men near Kendall Yards.
“[We] saw someone under the bridge that looked suspicious to us and we continued to walk,” she said.
The man didn't engage them but the woman told KXLY his fist was tightly clenched. What she initially thought were rings she later realized were brass knuckles. She described the man as short- no taller than she was.
“We continued to walk and nothing happened,” she said.
But their guard was up. Ten minutes later, she and her boyfriend saw another man ahead, dressed so similarly that she, at first, thought it was the man from earlier.
“We both saw that he had a gun in his left hand, we both saw the barrel and we both said 'he has a gun' at the same time,” she said.
The man didn't approach them, and they began to back away. As they did, they noticed a large knife hanging from the man's hip.
“I felt so uneasy about the situation and was scared it would happen to someone else, I did call and make a report,” she said.
She called Crime Check that afternoon, and later posted her experience on Facebook. In the post, she mentions the importance of being aware.
“Just be aware of your surroundings. If we wouldn't have set up our red flags that this guy looks suspicious like that other gentleman that we passed, if those red flags didn't come up- we might not have noticed that gun,” she said.
Spokane Police- echo that sentiment. As the weather warms up, more people on the trail means more eyes to keep the trail safe.
“When you're using the trail be aware of your surroundings. Look for areas that might be secluded or just cause you some concern. Trust your instincts,” said Spokane Police Officer John O'Brien.
If you have any information about what happened on Monday, call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.
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