TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler police responded to a call about an attempted assault on Thursday evening.
At around 7:34 p.m., a woman in her 20s was running on the paved trail in Rose Rudman Park, just south of the banks at Copeland and the loop, when she passed a man sitting on a bench, police say.
She said the man came running up behind her and forced her into a wooded area using a weapon, and attempted to sexually assault her. Officer Don Martin with Tyler Police Department says the woman fought the attacker and screamed loudly, finally getting away from him. The man fled on foot. Another runner came by at that time and called 911 for her. Police responded to the scene.
Officers say they found evidence at the scene where the incident occurred that supported the victim’s account.
The woman says that the attacker is a black male wearing a dark blue hoodie and gray sweat pants, and had a stubbly beard. He is about 6-feet tall and has a medium build. He appeared to be in his 30s, she said.
Officer Martin said the woman escaped the attack with minor injuries. She was not taken to the hospital.
Police are speaking with witnesses who may have seen the attacker.
Officer Martin says this is a good reminder to the public that there is safety in numbers when outside, and that it is important to pay attention to the onset of nightfall.
If you have any information about the suspect involved in this incident please contact the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1090 or call Tyler Crime Stoppers at 903-597-2833.