Public help sought in assault investigation

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COLLEGE PLACE -- Police are asking for the public's assistance in an investigation of an assault that occurred earlier this month.

Chief Dennis Lepiane said the attack was reported at 2:38 a.m. on May 6 when a woman called police from a convenience store at the corner of Fourth Street and College Avenue.

The woman told officers she had been walking on the north side of Southwest Fourth Street when she was hit on the back or her neck or head by a hard object. She said two young males then began kicking and hitting her and trying to tear off her clothes.

The woman was able to get away from her attackers and fled to the store, where she called police. She was treated at the scene by emergency workers, but refused transport to the hospital, Lepiane said.

The victim described the suspects as being in their early to mid-20s. One was wearing baggy blue jeans, a white T-shirt and tennis shoes and the other was wearing black shorts, a black shirt and had dark brown hair. Both were apparently Caucasians.

Lepiane said no similar attacks have been reported. Police are continuing the investigation and ask that anyone who thinks they may have information to call the College Place Police Department at 525-7778.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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