Seattle superheroes warn: Attacks could happen to anyone

Seattle superheroes warn: Attacks could happen to anyone »Play Video
Self-proclaimed Seattle superheroes Purple Reign (left) and Phoenix Jones (seen without his trademark mask) are warning people to be aware after a series of attacks in North Seattle.
SEATTLE - The Emerald City's self-proclaimed crime-fighting superheroes are warning the public after recent attacks on women in North Seattle.

The incidents happened just days apart and police still don't know if the crimes are connected.

But the series of assaults has many people concerned and aware. Some say they are so alarmed about what's going on they decided not to run in the area.

At Green Lake, many come to enjoy the outdoors and relax. But the recent attacks in the area have people on alert.

 Police sketch of the suspect in the Northgate-area attack.


"That just seems weird because this is like a recreational facility. So why should you have to be scared?" says park visitor Miharu Yamauchi.

In four days, four women in North Seattle were attacked - and police say each one happened while it was dark outside. Detectives are now trying to figure out if any the attacks are connected.

Seattle's Phoenix Jones and his fellow superheroes are raising awareness about the attacks and giving safety tips to protect women who might be vulnerable.

"These are neighborhoods that we walk in ourselves every day - our friends, our family," says Seattle's lone female superhero, Purple Reign. "It could be anybody that we know that this could have happened to."

On Monday morning, police say a man attacked a woman jogging through Green Lake Park. He tackled her to the ground and tried to pull her into nearby bushes. The suspect is described as a light-skinned man in his 20s, standing about 5-feet-7-inches and weighing 160 pounds, with short brown hair. He wore a dark hooded jacket or sweatshirt and dark jeans.

"I want him to get caught," says local volunteer Deann Casallo. "I want more support out here to catch this person. That's why I'm here - to put this out to let more people be aware."

The Green Lake attack happened a day after an attempted abduction in Greenwood. A victim told police two Hispanic-looking men - one wearing a ski mask - tried to pull her into a van. The white van had "XYF" or "ZXF" spray-painted in red on the side.

The same day another woman was attacked after leaving a Wallingford bar. She told police the man chased her, then knocked her to the ground.

Police later released a sketch after a white man with a pocket knife attacked a woman walking near the Northgate Mall. The victim said her attacker pulled her into the bushes and sexually assaulted her.

"You always leave the house, and you're thinking you're going to be OK. But to have to question that - especially in an area you're from and comfortable around - it's pretty scary," says Hillary Weatherill, who often visits Green Lake Park.

Police caution people to be alert and be aware. And if you're alone - carry a cell phone.