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#STAYSAFE Woman Escapes Pasco Roadside Sexual Assault

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Suhr said she felt, "Guilty" not taking the man up on his offer. Suhr said she felt, "Guilty" not taking the man up on his offer.
PASCO, WA- It is something that can happen to anyone. Whether you own a car or not, chances are you could end up stranded after a breakdown.

Someone stopping to help is a relief, but in the back of your mind, there is probably some concern about your safety.

You would hope being sexually assaulted is the last thing that would happen. For one Moses Lake woman traveling through the area, that reality came true Monday afternoon. Her car overheated near milepost 26, a few miles north of Pasco.

Denae Suhr said she and her daughter took a ride from a man driving a semi-truck. He stopped on the side of the road and said, "Hop in and I'll give you guys a ride to King City. That way you guys don't have to wait out in the cold."

Suhr said she felt, "Guilty" not taking the man up on his offer.

Once inside the cab, Suhr said the man exposed himself, forced himself on her and explicitly demanded she perform a sexual act.

Suhr remembers pushing him away as she zipped up her purse. "You know it took me a minute to even realize what actually was happening to me", she explained.

Suhr and her daughter managed to get out of the truck, falling onto the freeway. She did file a police report, but so far no suspect has been identified.

All Suhr remembers is the semi-truck with three large letters on the back of it, one of them the letter "K". Suhr said the man was in his 60's, had white hair and was tall with pale skin. 

If you happened to see Denae, her daughter or this man around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, you are asked to call Pasco police.

Officers said protecting yourself is up to you and what you feel comfortable with, but they  recommend having your cell phone charged and carrying an emergency kit in your car.