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Nerves on edge as sexual assault suspect remains at large

Nerves on edge as sexual assault suspect remains at large

By Andrew Adams | Posted - Sep. 14, 2010 at 2:04 p.m.



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WEST BOUNTIFUL -- Tensions are running high along a popular trail in West Bountiful as police continue to look for a suspect in a weekend sexual assault.

Police say the suspect tackled a 32-year-old woman from behind Saturday morning on the Prospector Rail Trail, choked and sexually assaulted her.

Days later, daily life has changed. Some women KSL Newsradio interviewed said they will not take the trail alone again. Even in a group Tuesday, the women elected to stroll along city streets instead of the trail next to their neighborhood.

"I feel like he's probably still in the vicinity," Melissa Vest said.

Candie Williams says she discussed her route with her friends before they headed out.

"We're sticking to the roads today," Williams said. "I mean, we could probably do the trail, but it's still pretty close to home right now, so we're a little worried about that."

One bicyclist hadn't heard of the assault, and the news made her nervous.

"You never think about these things happening," Marcella Foster said. "My husband and family -- they wouldn't know about something that happened to me until a couple hours later because I'm usually gone for an hour, hour-and-a-half, so it's kind of scary."

West Bountiful Police Chief Randy Lloyd said Tuesday his office was looking into a number of leads.

Though Lloyd expressed doubts about whether the suspect may hit the same trail again, he also said he was concerned about the possibility. Patrols have been stepped up around the trail as a precaution.

Witnesses described the man as in his 30s, clean shaven, with short hair. In Saturday's attack, he wore slacks and a blue plaid, long-sleeved button-up shirt.

The suspect's car is described as a 2008 or newer silver Toyota Corolla with Utah Delicate Arch plates.

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

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