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By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

A West Keizer woman answering her door was assaulted by a man she didn’t know last Wednesday, May 25.

The 27-year-old woman told police the man tried to strangle her before she was able to fight him off and he fled, Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns said. Two small children were inside at the time.

The call came in at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 to the 1000 block of Koala Street N. The victim didn’t require hospitalization but suffered minor injuries. She told police she didn’t know the man.

Keizer Police established a perimeter around the area but were unable to find the suspect, who left on foot. He  is described as a light-skinned Hispanic or black male with a medium build, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing a dark-colored hoodie and dark jeans. Police are asking anyone with information on who the man might be, or if they spotted him in the neighborhood, to call the agency.

Of nearby schools, McNary High dismissed students while Keizer Elementary went on lockdown. Officials at these two schools along with Cummings Elementary were notified of the incident, Kuhns said.

Officers from Keizer and Marion County, along with a Keizer Police dog, tried to find the man. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Ben Howden at 503-390-3713 ext. 3525.