WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Westminster are warning joggers to be alert after a woman said a man grabbed her from behind while she was on a run.
It happened just after 1 p.m. Monday on the path at Ketner Reservoir, a popular trail for joggers, walkers and bicyclists.
Police believe the details of the attack are similar to one that happened a couple of years ago in 2010.
“It’s alarming to us that somebody actually tried to grab a hold of her, physically grab her and hold something over her mouth and nose,” said Westminster Police Department spokesman Trevor Materasso.
The 22-year-old victim told police he tried to grab her from behind and put a rag over her nose and mouth. The rag smelled like chemicals. She broke free and called 911.
Police have since increased patrols at the lake.
“I’ve seen a couple more police officers than usual. They’ve been driving around a lot,” said Shaylyn Mitchell who was walking around the lake listening to music with ear buds.
Police are recommending that joggers be aware of their surroundings and take caution when wearing ear buds or being distracted by a cell phone. Officers urge those who listen to music to do so at a level that allows outside sounds to filter through.
Also, be cautious of the environment and avoid areas that are secluded. If anyone looks suspicious or out of place, avoid passing them when possible.
“It’s kind of scary because I walk this path almost everyday,” said Mitchell.
Police are looking for witnesses.
“There really was nothing suspicious up until the point where he actually grabbed a hold of her,” said Materasso.
The suspect is described as a white male, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 with brown hair wearing a navy cap, small rim sunglasses, a black tee shirt and jeans.