Police: Washougal woman bound with duct tape during home invasion

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



Two men forced their way into an elderly Washougal woman’s house and then duct-taped and robbed her, according to Washougal police.

The 74-year-old woman reported that she was at her home in the 3200 block of 37th Court alone about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday when she answered her door. A man asked if she had seen his dog before a second man then appeared and knocked the woman to the floor, according to a bulletin released by the agency.

The two men bound the woman’s hands feet and mouth with duct tape and dragged her by her hair to another room in the house, said Cmdr. Allen Cook, spokesman for the Washougal Police Department.

The woman told police she did not know how long the men were in her house. She worked herself loose from the duct tape restraint and waited several minutes after not hearing them before she ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911, Cook said.

Washougal police with the assistance of Clark County sheriff’s deputies and a K-9 team, searched for the suspects in the neighborhood but did not locate the two men.

The woman described the man who rang her doorbell 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, but Cook did not indicate what was stolen.

The woman was injured from being knocked to the floor and received medical attention Wednesday.

If anyone has any information about the incident, they are asked to call Washougal Police Detective Zane Freschette at 360-835-8701.