Police are still on the scene after an “aggravated sexual assault” at Cove Island Park in Stamford. (WFSB)
STAMFORD, CT (WFSB) -
Police are searching for the man who raped a woman who was jogging at Cove Island Park in Stamford on Friday morning.
An unidentified 30-year-old woman told police she was grabbed from behind by a man while she was on the track around 5:20 a.m. She said the man, who implied he had a knife, “began to sexually assault her up near the track.”
After a “prolonged attack,” the woman told police that she was then “dragged to the water line” behind some weeds and bushes and sexually assaulted her again.
The man, who is believed to between the ages of 35 to 40, fled the scene after the “aggravated sexual assault.” The woman immediately called police.
Investigators said they have not found the suspect’s knife. Police said they believe he used his hand and told the victim it was a knife.
The suspect is being described as a man “with a protruding stomach" and unshaven beard” and was “light skinned,” according to police. The man, who was wearing a dark colored fleece sweatshirt, gym style shorts, black sneakers, and a dark colored baseball hat, spoke English, but had a Spanish accent.
The victim told police that the suspect had the smell of alcohol on his breath.
Following the “aggravated sexual assault,” police said the woman was taken to Stamford Hospital for treatment.
Police called Friday’s incident one of the worst assaults they've seen.
Cove Island Park is a popular park for families as well as walkers and runners.
"It’s horrifying. I used to walk regularly at that hour,” Stamford resident Meg Newton said. “I called my husband actually he does this as well. I can't imagine walking that early."
Stamford resident Josette Cuda said the whole incident is scary and makes her “feel a little on edge.”
"When they told us I kinda thought I don't know if I want to walk here with my kid anymore,” Cuda said.
The incident is under investigation by the Stamford Detective Bureau. Detectives are asking for the public’s help. They are looking for anyone who was in Cove Island Park between 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Stamford Police Detective bureau at 203-977-4417. Police said all calls about the investigation will be kept confidential.
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