Erie Police investigate sexual assault on community trail after fireworks show

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Erie, Colo. police

Erie, Colo. police

ERIE, Colo. —  The Erie Police Department was investigating a report of sexual assault on a female that happened on Friday on a community trail near the Vista Ridge neighborhood.

This incident occurred between 10:30 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. on a trail that is directly north of the 7-11 located on Highway 7 and directly south of Windermere Lane, according to a statement from the Erie Police Department.

The victim reported that she was walking alone on the trail after the fireworks display when she was approached by a woman and two men.

One man grabbed the woman’s purse, knocking her to the ground.  That same man attempted to sexually assault her, police reported.

The other man stood by and the woman with the men suggested they take her wallet.

The first male suspect, the primary aggressor was described by police as a while male in low – mid 20s with shoulder length dark hair.  This man was possibly wearing a cap, a light colored shirt and lighter colored shorts.

The second male was also described as white in his low – mid 20s.  This man has blonde hair and was wearing long pants.  The color of his shirt was not known.

The female accomplice also described as white was reportedly in her teens or early 20s.  She had dark, short hair.  Her clothing was not reported by the police.

The suspects left the area on foot headed eastbound.

Anyone with information about the suspects or this incident was asked to call Erie Police Detective Dan Niemoth at 303-926-2825.

If you wish to remain anonymous you can call Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

This incident remained under investigation.

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