Sent on 12/18/2012 7:36:09 PM
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a young adult female who had been attacked on the Rillito Riverwalk between La Canada Drive and La Cholla Boulevard. She reportedly went jogging during the evening hours of December 13, 2012. It was already after dark when she went jogging along her regular route on the Rillito Riverwalk. She was alone at the time and listening to music through her earphones. In her report, she described how suddenly she was attacked from behind. The male attacker attempted to drag her into the wash and struck the victim several times. After a struggle, the victim was able to break free and run away. She immediately called for help and deputies responded to the scene. As a result of the attack, the victim sustained injuries that required medical attention. There is only a vague description of the suspect due to the fact that the initial attack happened from behind and that it was already dark outside. The young female described the perpetrator as a male individual of medium height with facial hair. He was wearing a dark colored, heavy winter jacket. His head was covered with a hood. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME. Additional information on personal safety can be found on the Sheriff’s Department website at: http://www.pimasheriff.org/files/7712/6929/9306/PersonalSafety.pdf The Pima County Sheriff’s Department reminds all citizens to always be aware of their surroundings. Here are some safety tips for runners: - Consider your options: Join a running group, take a family member, friend or coworker with you. - Only choose streets, neighborhoods and/or populated trails that you are familiar with. Try to run where there will be plenty of people around at all times. - If you choose to run alone, never wear headphones, which prevent you from hearing people, vehicles or even a stray dog coming up behind you. - Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to places an attacker could be hiding. Keep a thought of who is in front of or behind you. Consider what an escape route would be if you were to be attacked. Run around and keep your distance from parked vans, bushes or other areas an attacker could be lurking. - Take a cellphone with you. If you run into any problems, you can always call for help. Also some apps will map your route for you. You can have the information sent to a friend or family member who can track your run. - Alter your routes and mix up your schedules — even in your own neighborhood areas. - Don’t go running at night. If it does start to get dark, stay in well-lit areas. - Trust your senses. If you sense danger, get out. Don’t dismiss an intuition!