Tigard police are looking for a man who attacked and robbed a woman outside of Washington Square mall Monday night.

Police spokesman Jim Wolf said a 53-year-old woman who was an employee at the mall was walking toward Southwest Hall Boulevard through a parking lot at about 9:10 p.m., March 4, near the Walls Fargo Bank branch, 9200 S.W. Washington Square Road, when a man came up from behind and hit her in the head with a blunt object. The woman fell and the man fled with the woman’s purse.

A witness called emergency dispatchers and said that the thief may have driven away in a tan sedan similar to a mid-1990s Honda Accord.

Police interviewed the witness, Wolf said, but were unable to get a working description of the thief.

Security cameras from the mall show a car matching that description with significant damage to the rear passenger-side door. Wolf said that surveillance footage of the car show that others might have been involved in the crime.

Wolf said that investigators are working closely with security and retailers at the mall to get a better description of the suspects and their vehicle,

The woman was treated for minor injuries and released from a local hospital.

Wolf said that, when possible, people should walk with another person to stay safe.

“The chances of being victimized are reduced by 50 percent when there are two people travel together,” Wolf said.

Anyone with information about the attack should call Tigard police, 503-718-2677; or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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