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Police Search for Sexual Assault Suspect

Police Search for Sexual Assault Suspect

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Tonya Papanikolas ReportingSchools in Sandy have extra police patrolling the grounds after a student was assaulted in the Jordan High School parking lot late last week. The suspect is still on the loose.

Police Search for Sexual Assault Suspect

Last Friday, a female student was walking from TRAX to the school when a young man approached her. She told police he forcibly grabbed her and started inappropriately touching her. But her quick reaction may have saved her life.

Sgt. Bill O'Neal, Sandy City Police Dept.: “She did the right thing by fight back. And that’s one of the only times we tell people that you want to fight back. She struck him several times in the face and began screaming.”

Because she was loud and drew attention to the suspect, he turned around, got in his car and left. Another female student also heard her screams and ran to help. That young woman saw the suspect leaving the parking lot and helped the victim give police a description.

Today, extra officers are patrolling all the Sandy schools, including Jordan High. They're keeping an eye on the parking lots to make sure this doesn't happen again. Like many schools, Jordan High has a handful of cameras outside to help authorities keep an eye on the parking lot. The principal says their students feel safe, but they also need to know how to react if they ever encounter a situation like this.

Mark Montague, Jordan High School Principal: “We’re trying to caution them as well to be careful out there. It doesn’t matter where you are, you just need to be careful, especially as an adolescent, a teenager out there. They’re susceptible to things like this and just be aware of it.”

The suspect is described as a white male around 19 to 22 years old; he's five-foot-eight to five-ten, has a thin build, short black hair and wears glasses. His car is a silver or tan Nissan Sentra type vehicle.

Police say they will continue the beefed up school patrols until they get further in the investigation or find the suspect. If anyone has any information, you are asked to call the Sandy Police Department.

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