Sandy police seek suspect in sexual assault on walking trail

Posted at 3:58 PM, Mar 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-20 08:23:12-04

SANDY, Utah - Sandy police are searching for a suspect who allegedly dragged a woman off a walking path and sexually assaulted her.

According to Sgt. Jason Neilen with the Sandy Police Department, a female in her 40's was walking on a path near 10195 S Sandy Willow Cove, when the suspect pulled the woman off the walkway, assaulted her, and then fled.

“This is an extremely brazen case, where this is in broad daylight, in the middle of the afternoon, in a busy area," Nielsen said.

The woman was able to flag down someone and they called 911. She was transported to a local hospital in fair condition.

The suspect was described to be an African American male in his 20's. He is around 6 feet tall, with a thin build, and was wearing a black beanie with a yellow fish skeleton, a plaid jacket, and red colored vans shoes.

“We are hoping somebody out there can recognize his clothing descriptions," Nielsen stated.

Neilsen stated that detectives were still in the area Monday afternoon. They had not located any witnesses who saw the assault, or surveillance footage of the suspect.

Anyone with any information on the assault or the suspect is urged to contact police.