APD searching for suspect involved in sexual assault at Connor's Bog Park

Published: Jun. 7, 2020 at 7:39 PM AKDT
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Police are searching for a suspect involved in a sexual assault that occurred at Connor's Bog Park Sunday. According to APD, the suspect approached a woman near the Raspberry Road entrance of the Park. Police say the suspect pulled out a knife, and then sexually assaulted the victim, before running away.

People in the area who witnessed the assault rendered aid and called police, who arrived on scene around 4:40 p.m. Police say the suspect was last seen running north from the red gate area of the park. The victim was taken to a treatment facility with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic adult male, believed to be in his 20's or 30's, weighing around 160 pounds with a razor/close shaven haircut. He was last seen wearing a black or dark blue shirt, green boxers, and blue jeans.

Detectives with the Special Victims Unit are investigating. Police are asking the public to avoid the Connor's Bog Park area as patrol officers continue searching for the suspect.

If you were in Connor's Bog Park area this afternoon or have any information about this investigation, call APD Dispatch at 9-1-1 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP.

The day after the attack, on Monday, people who frequent the trail spoke to Channel 2 reporters. Nearly everyone we spoke to heard of the attack. They said the number of cars in the parking lot was far fewer than a normal day.

As of Monday, police had no updates on the investigation.

A number of the trail users, like Bonny Graham, said they had some concern for the number of homeless camps in the area.

"Not to say that person was a homeless person. We don't know, obviously," Graham said, "And not to blame it on homeless people but there is a large group of people that come in here. There's a lot of nighttime activity, because you'll find the next day where somebody's built a fort or something like that."

APD did not say they suspect the assailant is a member of the homeless community.

Graham actually runs a

where people talk about things going on the trail.

Normally, they discuss hazards like angry moose, urban bears, and other dangers. Since the attack, there have been a lot of posts about the attack, and Graham said more people than usual have asked to join the page.

For those who like to use the trail but may be afraid right now, Graham said there is a large community who uses it every day and know each other. She recommends people, especially women, walk in groups and join the page for any safety updates.

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