BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Brighton residents who use a popular bike trail next to the Platte River say they are worried after a woman was sexually assaulted in an attack that reportedly happened last week.
Police released a sketch of the suspect on Tuesday and are hoping the public shares any tips they might have in the case. They said the man attacked the victim on March 5 on the path between Bridge Street and Bromley Lane. Police say they are particularly concerned by the brazen nature of the crime, considering it crime happened between 1:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Cristina Glidewell and her dog Bella are regular walkers on the nine block path which winds past several home.
“I usually do it 2 or 3 times a week. I usually do it about this time,” Glidewell told CBS4 on Tuesday afternoon.
“Does the attack make you think twice about coming here?” CBS4’s Tom Mustin asked Glidewell.
“It does. I usually like to feel safe and like to know I don’t have to worry about my surroundings, I can just enjoy myself, my dog, running, whatever I’m doing. It’s scary,” Glidewell said. “It doesn’t feel so safe anymore.”
Gaylene Else lives next to the path. Since the attack, she says she won’t letter her grandaughter on the path alone. She worries there may be more victims.
“It’s a pretty active trail. People are going there with their dogs all the time. There are a lot of women that you see come down here with their dogs all the time,” she said.
Else said she also sees many students walking home from school by themselves on the trail.
The suspect was described as being a light-skinned black or dark-skinned Hispanic man. He was 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall with an athletic build and was in his mid 20s to mid 30s. He was wearing a dark “beanie” hat, dark shirt with a blue design on the left breast area, dark pants, and worn white tennis shoes.
The victim described his voice as being deep.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Brighton police at (720) 685-8740.