Staying safe in parks, on trails after attempted sexual assault in Littleton

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LITTLETON, Colo. -- Police say one person is in custody in connection with an attempted sexual assault at South Platte Park near Reynolds Landing in Littleton Wednesday morning.

According to Littleton police, a female was walking alone in a wooded area with her dog along the river when the suspect grabbed her and pulled her off the trail. The victim was able to escape and was taken to a local hospital.

The suspect was arrested a short time later. LPD said there is no threat to the community.

Top self-defense expert Brad Nicolarsen of The Kompound Training Facility tells the FOX31 Problem Solvers staying safe means being aware of your surroundings.

"You hope for the best, but you have to prepare for the worst," Nicolarsen said.

He added that staying clear of trees and bushes, and an arm's length away from strangers is a must.

"I have plenty of space, so no matter what, if something stepped out, I've given myself a safe distance," he said.

Nicolarsen advises women to walk with confidence.

"Anyone who is timid or shy is easy prey," he said.

He also said earbuds should be left at home if you will be walking in isolated areas.

Common sense is the key to staying out of harm's way.  Always let someone know of the route you are taking, turn on your phone's location setting and carry mace or pepper spray.

The investigation into Wednesday's assault is still ongoing to determine which criminal charges will be filed.

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