Law enforcement investigating report of kidnapping, sexual assault

PORT ANGELES — Officials are seeking information about a person of interest in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 39-year-old Port Angeles woman in early October.

Two men reportedly kidnapped the woman at gunpoint from a street on the west side of Port Angeles during daylight hours, drove to a wooded area on the south side of Port Angeles off Hurricane Ridge Road within Olympic National Park and sexually assaulted her, according to Port Angeles Detective Sgt. Tyler Peninger.

One man was described as approximately 6-foot-4 and scruffy with a thin build and red hair.

The other man was described as approximately 5-foot-10 with a potbelly, brown hair and brown beard.

The two men drove an older-model, single-cab pickup truck, sky blue in color with a silver stripe on the side, according to a joint Port Angeles police and National Park Service press release.

On Oct. 11, the woman reported the possible kidnapping and sexual assault, which she said occurred about two weeks earlier, to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, Peninger said.

The woman reported she did not know the men, Peninger said.

PAPD detectives and a special agent with the investigative arm of the National Park Service (NPS) are investigating the report.

Investigators have placed a sketch of a person they describe as a “person of interest” on the NPS Investigative Services Branch website at www.nps.gov/isb and on the Port Angeles Police Department Facebook page, and are asking for the public to notify police if they spot the man.

To report information, call or text the National Park Service’s tip line at 888-653-0009 or visit www.nps.gov/isb and click “Submit a Tip.”

Members of the public are asked to tell investigators if they recognize the man from the sketch, had a similar incident happen to them or have information that could help investigators contact them.

“You don’t have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know,” investigators said.

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Reporter Sarah Sharp can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56650, or at [email protected].

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