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Officers continue to investigate assault at Rails to Trails in Vernon

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Vernon police officers will be canvassing the area of a popular walking trail where a woman walking her dogs was attacked by a man earlier this month.

According to police, the 30-year-old woman was on the Rails to Trails between Center Road and Route 30 around 7 p.m. on Sept. 19.

She told police that initially the suspect ran past her but quickly turned around and came up behind her. The woman told police that he started making comments before pushing her to the ground and pinning her.

The woman then screamed for help and the man tried to stop her. After a brief struggle, he let her go and took off toward Route 30.

Police said she suffered minor injuries and was able to provide officers with a good description of her attacker. The assault could have been "sexually motivated," police added.

The man was described as being in his late 30s, was between 5'9" and 6' tall with a thin build. He had a crew cut with short gray hair and was wearing a white T-shirt and dark jeans.

"Detectives believe that more people may have information about the suspect's identity," said Det. James Grady."With the help of the media, we have already received some valuable information on this investigation."

The suspect is believed to be a frequent user of the trail and often visits it during 6-7:30 p.m., police said. 

However, officers believe that the man has changed his appearance since the incident.

Police said they have received numerous tips about the case, however they continue to investigate. Officers will be talking to runners and walkers on the Rails to Trails from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Anyone with information or who may have seen anything is asked to call police at 860-872-9126. All calls are anonymous.

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