ERIE, Colo. (CBS4) – A woman told police she was attacked by three people on a neighborhood path while walking home from a fireworks show in Erie on Friday night.

At about 10:45 p.m., she was walking alone on a community trail in the Vista Ridge neighborhood near Highway 7 and Windermere Lane when she came across two males and a female.

One man grabbed her by the arm, pulled her to the ground, tried to grab her purse and sexually assault her.

The woman fought that man off, and the three people took off eastward down the path.

Resident Denise Milliman said the brazen attack happened in a busy neighborhood with dozens of people nearby.

“There’s a lot of policeman, there’s a lot of security around, so I was really shocked, especially after the fireworks,” Milliman said.

15-year-old Jade Milliman attended the fireworks show, and said she walks that path frequently.

“It was just really frightening because Erie’s like one of the safest neighborhood in Colorado,” she said.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Jeff Staab said the fireworks attracted people from outside Erie, and is convinced the criminals were not locals.

“It just leads me to believe it’s an outsider coming in who committed this act,” he said.

The victim is recovering, there is no word on her condition.

The suspects are described as two white males in their early to mid-twenties, one with blonde hair and one with long dark hair. There is also a white woman in her late teens to early twenties, with short dark hair.

Additional Resources

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted tonococrimestoppers.com.

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