Provo police release sketch of assault suspect

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PROVO -- Provo police released a sketch of a man suspected of trying to assault a woman along the Provo River Trail.

The woman described him as a man in his late 40s with a large build and dark mustache.

The woman was walking along the trail near 800 North and 2400 West the afternoon of Nov. 4 when she says the man asked her if she had seen his lost dog. He claimed to have a photo on his cell phone, but when the woman got closer, she could see the phone was off.

The man grabbed her and took her to the ground, but she escaped. Investigators are concerned he may try to target others. Police say women can best protect themselves by never going out alone.

Capt. Cliff Argyle of the Provo Police Department said, "You should feel safe anytime, anywhere, but the reality is there are people out there like this individual who will take advantage of people."

Provo police also received a call about an attempted rape on a dirt trail in North Provo on Oct. 7. They are not ruling out that the two suspects may be the same person.

Police hope other people on the trail during the latest incident, last Thursday around 4:30 p.m., may have seen the attacker. Anyone with information can contact the Provo Police Department.


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