Police release sketch of suspect in violent Washougal home robbery

Police release sketch of suspect in violent Washougal home robbery
The victim described the man who rang her doorbell as a “clean-cut” white man in his teens or early 20s, who spoke with an eastern European accent.

WASHOUGAL, Wash. – Police released a composite sketch of a man who they said dragged a 73-year-old woman by her hair and used duct tape to tie her up while he and another man robbed her home in Washougal last month.

It happened on Jan. 22 at in the 3200 block of 37th Court at around 8:45 p.m.

Police said the woman was home alone when her doorbell rang. A man at her door asked her if she had seen his dog, when a second man suddenly appeared and knocked her down. The men used duct tape to tie her up while they dragged her by her hair into another room of the house.

The victim, who has not been identified, didn’t know how long the men were in her home. She freed herself after she didn’t hear the men anymore. Her phone wasn’t working, so she ran to a neighbor’s house and called police.

"She was very upset and hysterical," said her neighbor, Stu Ager. "She was saying they were going to kill me. We brought her in immediately and called 911."

The suspects likely left the area several minutes before the 911 call, police said.

The woman said both men spoke English and a Slavic language that she thought was Russian. She described the man who rang her doorbell as a “clean-cut” white man in his teens or early 20s, who spoke with an eastern European accent. Police said she didn’t get a good look at the second suspect, but told them he was taller than the other man, he wore a hood and possibly wore a mask.

Police said they believe theft was the motive of the attack. It's unclear what was stolen from the home.

Washougal police are encouraging neighbors to call 911 if a suspicious stranger is at the door.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspects is asked to call the Washougal Police Department at 360-835-8701.