Woman assaulted on Sandy Beach at night

Police search for suspect; no evidence of sexual assault reported

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2006

Juneau police are searching for the alleged attacker of a woman who said she was assaulted while she walked her dog Tuesday at Sandy Beach, Sgt. David Wrightson said.

The 24-year-old victim was treated and released from Bartlett Regional Hospital on Tuesday night after receiving cuts and bruises on her face at about 8:30 p.m., Wrightson said. Police were tipped off by the woman's friend, who was with her at the hospital 15 minutes after the attack.

Wrightson said the victim told officers she was walking her dog alone on the Douglas beach when she passed a man she did not know. The man started to follow her. She turned around and was startled to see him directly behind her. The man told her he was going to have to "put her down," Wrightson said.

Then the man attacked her, Wrightson said.

"She said the man struck her in the face, pushed her to the ground and kicked her," Wrightson said. "They wrestled on the ground before she got away."

Wrightson, who took the report, said there was no weapon reported. The man's reported comment about putting her down held no meaning for investigators Wednesday, Wrightson added.

Investigators have few leads in the case, he said.

Sandy Beach is an area popular for pet walking, barbecues and just hanging out. Porter said he didn't want to issue any particular warnings to those enjoying the place, except: "As always, be aware of your surroundings."

"There is nothing to indicate this was an attempted sexual assault," Capt. Tom Porter said. "There is also nothing to indicate this will happen again. We have not had anything similar here. There is no pattern."

Police described the suspect as 5 feet 10 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing, which the victim did not identify.

"The woman was followed from behind," Porter said. "Having someone behind you is not really a perceived threat, so there is little I can say as far as a safety precaution."

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