Sketch of suspect issued in Washougal home-invasion attack

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



Police artist drawing

Washougal police have released a composite sketch of a suspect in a home invasion in which an elderly woman was attacked, bound with duct tape and robbed.

The attack was reported by a neighbor at 8:44 p.m. Jan. 22 after two men forced their way into the woman’s house in the 3200 block of 37th Court.

The 74-year-old woman told police she was home alone when she answered the door to a man who asked if she had seen his dog, according to Washougal police. Then, police say another man appeared and knocked the woman to the ground.

The two men used duct tape to bound the woman’s hands, feet and mouth and dragged her by her hair to another room of the house, said Cmdr. Allen Cook.

After not hearing either man for several minutes, the woman worked herself loose and ran to a neighbor’s house, where the neighbor called 911, Cook said.

The first man at the door is described as a “clean cut” white man, possibly a teenager or in his early 20s. The woman told police she could not describe the second man because he was wearing a hood and possibly a mask. She told officers that both men spoke English and also a Slavic language, possibly Russian, according to a bulletin from the Washougal Police Department.

Cook said the apparent motive in the home invasion robbery was theft and the suspects targeted the bedroom. Cook did not indicate what was stolen.

The woman worked with police to make the composite drawing of the first man who showed up at her door.

Anyone who recognizes the person in the composite drawing, or anyone with information about the incident, is asked to call Washougal police at 360-835-8701.