Puyallup police on Wednesday arrested a man they believe tried to sexually assault a 22-year-old woman walking down the sidewalk Tuesday night.
The attack occurred about 10:20 p.m. in the 2900 block of Fifth Street Southeast.
The woman told officers she spoke briefly with the man before he forced her to a nearby fence, where he tried to sexually assault her, police said. She was able to knee the man and run to a nearby Walmart at 310 31st Ave. SE, where she sought help from employees.
A police dog searched the area but could not find the attacker.
The man had been inside the store before the attack, and police were able to find surveillance footage of him, police Capt. Scott Engle said.
Acting on tips provided by the public, police arrested a 32-year-old man at his Puyallup home on Wednesday evening.
Detectives booked him into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of attempted sexual assault.
He should make a first appearance in Superior Court on Thursday.
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Staff writer Adam Lynn contributed to this report