DENVER (CBS4) – Police want to find the man who sexually assaulted a woman as she got out of her car on Wednesday.

The assault happened in the 100 block of North Washington Street off Speer Boulevard in Denver. A crime alert issued by police says the man was armed with a sharpened object, possibly a knife.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Police say the woman was just getting out of her car around 8 p.m. when the man came up behind her and forced her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. According to police, the woman tried to fight him off during the attack and eventually he ran off.

Jeanne Reneau, who works in the area, says the neighborhood gets its share of suspicious people at night.

“After a certain time frame it gets pretty scary and we’ve had people knock on our door,” Reneau said. “I always lock the door at night because of that.”

The suspect is described as a white man between 30 and 40 years old, about 6-foot-1 with a large build and facial stubble. Police say the thing that stood out to the victim the most was the man smelled strongly of gasoline and he had long fingernails.

Additional Information From Denver Police

Anyone with information is asked to call Denver police at (720) 913-2000. Remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867). Text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter the message or send an e-mail to


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