Man wanted for exposing himself on same trail where teen was attacked

 

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. -- The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said two people reported a man exposing himself on the High Line Canal Trail over the weekend in the same area where a teenage girl was attacked last week.

Investigators released a sketch of the suspect on Tuesday.

The indecent exposure incidents reportedly occurred a little after 6 p.m. Sunday.

Both incidents appear to involve the same suspect, investigators said. It's not clear whether it's the same man who attacked the teen girl on March 27, but investigators said the descriptions are similar.

The girl was jogging along the trail when she was attacked from behind and tackled to the ground. She was able to fight him off and the suspect ran.

The indecent exposure incidents and the attack occurred in the same area, along the trail between Iliff and Florida avenues near the Arapahoe County-Denver County line.

“There’s three reports inside of a week,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Julie Brooks said. “It makes us concerned for the area.”

The suspect in the indecent exposure cases is described as a white man with brown hair. He's about 5-foot-8 and weighs around 130 pounds. Witnesses said he looked to be 18 to 20 years old.

The sheriff’s office said patrols have been increased in the neighborhood and deputies are working closely with the Denver Police Department.

Deputies are asking those who use the trail not to wear headphones while jogging or running.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 303-795-4711, Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or the Arapahoe County tip line at 720-874-8477.

In August, there were two attacks on the High Line Canal Trail in one week.

The suspect in those cases, Demaricus D. Bookhart, 25, has been charged with robbery, second-degree assault, third-degree assault and failure to register as a sex offender.