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Detectives investigating assault against woman, attempted assault of girl in Aloha

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Detectives are investigating two similar incidents in Aloha, one involving a man grabbing a woman and the other involving a man attempting to grab an 11-year-old girl.

Deputies responded to the 5000 block of Southwest 173rd Avenue at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

A woman told investigators she was walking her dog in the area when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her.

The victim screamed and the man ran away. The woman was not injured.

The suspect is described as a male with tan skin, around 6 feet tall and wearing dark clothing with white shoes. The suspect’s race and age are not known.

Deputies searched the area, but they did not locate a suspect.

Detectives are investigating a similar incident that occurred at 9 a.m. Friday near Southwest 192nd Avenue and Farmington Road. In that case, an 11-year-old girl said a stranger grabbed her while she waited for the school bus. 

“He like, kind of grabbed my backpack and my wrist at the same time,” she said. 

She said the man saw her phone and asked to borrow it. 

“I turned it off as soon as he’s approaching me,” the girl said. ‘He’s like, can I borrow your phone? I said, no it’s dead, it’s done.”

But the girl said that stranger grabbed her, and she pulled back.

“He’s like, come with me, come with me,” she said. 

Sensing trouble, the girl said a woman in a car yelled out. 

“She said, leave that little girl alone!” the girl said. 

Then, she said the man ran away. 

The suspect had a similar physical description to the incident on Sunday night, only he was wearing a camouflage hoodie, dark jeans with the word “peace” written on one of the legs and a peace symbol on the knee.

The girl said the man was concealing his face with a yellow bandana that was also covered in peace symbols.

The girl’s father said that stranger better watch his back.

“He better hope I don’t catch him. He’ll be more fortunate if the police catch him,” he said. 

Detectives are working to determine if the incidents are connected. Anyone with information about either case is asked to contact non-emergency dispatchers at 503-629-0111.

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