A woman who was out for a jog in Stamford early Friday morning was sexually assaulted multiple times after a man grabbed her, then had to run more than a mile home to report the attack to police because she did not have a phone with her.
The 30-year-old woman was jogging at 5:20 a.m., when a man who claimed to have a knife came up from behind her, grabbed her off the track at Cove Island Park and sexually assault her, police said.
Investigators said this was a prolonged attacked and the assailant dragged the victim to the water line, where he sexually assaulted her again.
The woman did not have her phone because she was running and had to run a mile and half to get home and contact police, according to authorities. When the woman spoke to police, she said she was afraid the attacker was going to drown her.
The victim was transported to Stamford Hospital.
Police said they are looking for a stocky man, between 35 and 40 years old, who stands 5-feet-7.
His breath smelled of alcohol and he was described as unshaven and having a protruding stomach.
He spoke English with a Spanish accent, the victim told police.
The man was wearing a dark colored fleece sweatshirt, gym-style shorts, black sneakers and a dark colored baseball hat.
Police are searching the scene and ask anyone who saw a man matching the assailant’s description in Cove Island Park between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. today to call the Stamford Police Detective bureau at 203-977-4417.
Anyone who saw the man in the park area in the last few days is urged to call police.