Carbondale police investigating pair of sex assaults |

Carbondale police investigating pair of sex assaults

Carbondale police say they have a person of interest in connection with an alleged sexual assault that occurred around midnight Friday on the foot path along Colorado 133 near Village Road.

The assault was the second such incident reported to police since late June, and the cases bear some similarities, Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said.

Schilling said in a Monday news release that an adult female reported she was assaulted at about 11:45 p.m. Friday near the Village Road intersection by Alpine Bank.

“A male suspect grabbed the victim from behind, touched her inappropriately and physically assaulted her,” according to the release.

The woman was able to get away and was taken to Valley View Hospital by ambulance with moderate injuries.

The attacker was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall. Schilling said police do have a person of interest, but the case remains under investigation.

Schilling said a similar incident was reported around 11:50 p.m. June 28 near Gianinetti Park on Village Road, in which a female was grabbed from behind.

“The victim was able to yell and scare the attacker away,” Schilling said. That case is also still under investigation.

Police have “no current evidence that the two assaults are related, but feel that they are similar in nature,” Schilling said in the release.

Both incidents occurred in areas where people are known to walk at night, prompting a warning about walking alone late at night.

“We encourage people to walk with a friend, be aware of their surroundings and use extra caution, especially at night,” Schilling said.

Anyone with information about either incident is urged to contact the Carbondale Police Department at (970) 963-2662.

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