Woman attacked inside her apartment, sketch released by police circulated to residents at The Villas at Meadow Springs as well as staff at other properties managed by Riverstone Residential

Sketch made of man sought in Meadow Springs assault

By Paula Horton, Herald staff writer
 
RICHLAND — As a Richland woman recovers from being attacked inside her own apartment, police are continuing their search for a suspect.

Richland police released a sketch Monday of the man being sought for Saturday’s early morning attack, along with more details about what happened during the home invasion.

The victim, 48, was inside her apartment at The Villas at Meadow Springs, 250 Gage Blvd., at 4:45 a.m., when the suspect somehow got inside the apartment and attacked her with a metal object, said Detective Sgt. Jeff Taylor.

“He surprised her and hit her over the head with a metal object and continued to hit her in the head,” Taylor said. “She was able to block some of the blows with her arm and ended up suffering broken bones in her arm and some in her hand.”

The woman, who is at a hospital in Spokane, also was sexually assaulted.

At this point, the attack appears to be random, which is rare, Taylor said. It also doesn’t appear the suspect was attempting to rob the place.

“We can’t say for sure what the motivation was, but there’s no evidence of theft or anything like that,” Taylor said.

Investigators don’t know how the suspect got inside and say the victim doesn’t know who the man is.

The suspect is described as being a white man, 30 to 35 years old, weighing between 165 and 185 pounds. He also has long curly or wavy brown hair.

The sketch released by police has been circulated to all the residents at The Villas as well as staff at other properties managed by Riverstone Residential, the property management company for The Villas, said Kathy Clapper, Riverstone’s regional manager.

A letter with general information about the attack also was sent out to all the residents Sunday, Clapper said.

“We didn’t have a lot of information then, but the letter pretty much recommended that they be acquainted with their neighbors, stay alert of suspicious activity and keep their doors locked,” Clapper said.

Because of the ongoing investigation, many details about the victim were not released, including whether she has a roommate, if she had been home alone all night or how long she has lived at The Villas.

Clapper did say, however, that the woman did not live in a ground-floor unit.

Clapper and Taylor say residents at the apartment complex and throughout the Tri-Cities just need to be aware of what’s going on around them and make sure their doors and windows are always locked.

Anyone who has information about the attack, recognizes the suspect or heard or saw anything at the apartment complex early Saturday can reach Richland police at 942-7340 or through dispatch after hours at 628-0333

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