After sexual attack, police seek calls about alleged salesman

Man with knife attacked woman in home, police say

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: November 1, 2011, 9:52 PM

 

A Vancouver police Major Crimes detective is asking folks who bought magazines from door-to-door salespeople last month to call him as he investigates an alleged sexual assault at knifepoint that occurred last week.

A woman told police that during daylight hours on Oct.25, a man came to the door of her home near East Fourth Plain Boulevard and Stapleton Road and knocked, claiming he was selling magazines.

The man, who was holding a clipboard, pulled a knife, forced his way into her home and sexually assaulted her, according to a bulletin from the Vancouver Police Department.

She described the assailant as a dark-skinned African-American man in his early 30s, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He had a short, Afro hairstyle and was unshaven, with a slight beard and mustache. He wore a red hooded jacket and a thin gold hoop on his right ear. She said he had a thin vertical scar on the left side of his neck.

As of Tuesday night, police had reported no arrest and identified no suspect.

Detective Darren McShea is asking anyone who bought magazines from door-to-door salespeople in the past month to call him at 360-487-7431.