Police Chief: Woman walking alone raped in Snowmass
The Aspen Times
A woman walking home alone in Snowmass Village early Wednesday morning was raped by a man who attacked her from behind, Police Chief Brian Olson said Thursday.
“I’m extremely concerned,” Olson said. “I know the community will be equally concerned. I’m not ready to say we have a predator out there. We still have an extremely safe community.”
Olson declined to release many details of the attack Thursday, saying officers were still interviewing the victim and investigating the incident.
The woman told police she was walking home between 1:30 a.m. and 2:05 a.m. from a friend’s house in Snowmass Village along Brush Creek Road near Divide Road when a man came up behind her on foot and attacked her, according to a statement released by Snowmass Village Police.
“We have never had an anonymous attack like this before,” Olson said.
The woman was not physically beaten during the attack, Olson said.
Another person reported the attack to police about 3 a.m., according to the statement.
Olson said his department wasn’t ready yet to release a description of the man or whether the woman knew him. Investigators are looking into whether the woman may have experienced a break-up recently or any other information about current or ex-boyfriends, he said.
He said Snowmass officers will be extra vigilant in the near future, and might offer a ride to people walking alone.
Police are asking anyone who might have been in the area early Wednesday morning and seen anyone suspicious to call them at 970-923-5331.
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