A Massachusetts man accused of sexually assaulting a jogger along a popular trail in Avon was brought back to Connecticut on Tuesday.
Extradition for 29-year-old Luis Ortiz, of Chicopee, MA, took place Tuesday morning.
Police said Ortiz was working for United Site Services, which is a Porto-Potty company, on June 25 when he reportedly attacked a woman in her 30s just south of Scoville Road. The victim said Ortiz dragged her off of the rails-to-trails path and sexually assaulted her.
The woman also gave police a description of what her attacker was wearing, which was a yellow reflective vest. A vest that is commonly worn by employees of United Site Services.
The victim also recalled seeing Ortiz’s truck parked near the trail.
“She was very helpful. She gave us specific details on a description for me,” Avon Police Lt. Kelly Walsh said. “The truck was very specific."
Police said they obtained DNA evidence, which lead to a warrant for Ortiz's arrest.
Ortiz was arraigned in court on Monday in Massachusetts, where he waived extradition. He'll be arraigned in front of a judge at Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday. Ortiz's court-set bond was $2 million.
United Site Services, which has its headquarters in Massachusetts, released the following statement on the incident.
“First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim of this violent crime. Like the rest of the community, we are appalled by this reprehensible act and we have been actively assisting local authorities with their investigation and will continue to assist them in any way we can,” the statement read.
Those who use the trail for biking and running said they found the incident unsettling and are thinking a lot more about safety. Tolland resident and biker Lisa Costa told Eyewitness News she ordered pepper spray on Tuesday.
"I usually ride this pretty fast 15 miles an hour with my kids that are not as fast,” Costa said. “But, when I am going by someone, I am flying by them for that reason."
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