Stamford police are looking for a man who implied he had a knife and sexually assaulted a female jogger at Cove Island Park in Stamford, police said.
A 30-year-old woman was jogging on the Cove Island Park track at about 5:20 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 when a man grabbed her from behind and pulled her off the track, police said.
Her assailant claimed he had a knife and sexually assaulted her near the track, police said. Then he dragged her to the water line and sexually assaulted her again before fleeing the area, according to police. The woman called police almost immediately after the incident.
Police described the man as 35 to 40 years old, 5-foot-7 and of stocky medium build with a "protruding stomach" and "unshaven beard." He was wearing a dark fleece sweatshirt, gym shorts, black sneakers and a dark baseball hat at the time of the incident, police said. The woman told police that the man smelled like he had been drinking alcohol and police said he has a "beer belly." The man also speaks English with a heavy Spanish accent, police said.
"I hope someone recognizes the guy," Joe Marzano, a visitor at Cove Island Park, said. "Hope someone lives in the area, someone's going to recognize him....When something like that happens, it really sends a shockwave through the community.... I can’t even imagine what that person (the victim) is going through. Just hopefully mentally and physically they’re doing alright and are able to move on the best they can."
Caroline Buchanan, of Stamford, said, “I actually came for a run here on that Friday and all the news trucks were here.”
“I actually thought I was safe because I was here coming when it was close to light out," Buchanan said. "Now I probably won’t do it as often anymore.”
The jogger was taken to Stamford Hospital to be treated.
Stamford detectives are investigating the incident and the ID bureau was called to the scene.
Police ask anyone who saw a man fitting the description in Cove Island Park between 5 and 6 a.m. on Oct. 16 or in the last few days to call Stamford Police Department's Detective Bureau at 203-977-4417. Calls will remain confidential.