Update: Investigators have identified the suspect, the Lakewood Police Department said on Tuesday, although no further details were released.
DENVER (KDVR) — Police in Lakewood are looking for a man who allegedly assaulted a woman running near Walker Branch Park.
Lakewood Police said on Aug. 6 at 12:45 p.m., the victim was on her way back home from her run when she passed the park, located at 5825 W. 16th Ave., a few blocks west of Sloan’s Lake Park.
An unknown man saw the woman and started to follow her, police said.
According to police, the suspect followed the woman on southbound Harlan Street for nearly two blocks. When the woman reached 14th Avenue and Harlan Street, the suspect allegedly attacked the woman from behind with both arms and fondled her.
The suspect fled northbound on Harlan Street and eastbound on 16th Avenue.
“It wasn’t late at night, it wasn’t anything like that where there’s a safety issue. This happened right in the middle of the day,” Lakewood Police spokesperson John Romero said about the attack. “There’s something wrong with this individual. To do this, period, it’s disgusting, it’s inappropriate and it won’t be tolerated. We will do everything we can to find this suspect for that victim.”
Lakewood Police say while they want to bring this suspect in, they also want this to serve as a reminder to residents to stay alert.
“Unfortunately, as great of a neighborhood that we live in, sometimes people have bad intentions, and so we are just asking people to be as alert as they can. Whenever they are exercising, or they are out and about, just be as alert as you can,” Romero said.
Lakewood sex assault suspect
Lakewood Police said the man is described as:
- In his 20s to 30s
- Thin build
- 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall
- Has black facial hair
At the time of the attack, police said the man was wearing:
- Black Nike long-sleeve shirt with a red jersey over it prior to the attack
- White pants
- Black shoes
- Black Boston Red Sox baseball hat with red brim
- Stud earring in right ear
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Detective Hartner at 303-987-7222.