TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Police responded to a report of an attempted rape along the Jordan River Parkway Trail south of 3900 South and West of the Jordan River.
“I’m kind of shocked it happened during the day in broad daylight,” said Cassandra Petersen from Taylorsville.
Sgt. Mike Judd of the Taylorsville Police Department said the woman was walking a small dog along a secluded dirt trail off the paved area. A man with a knife attacked her, but she was able to fight him off and run away with several bruises all over her body.
Police are calling this attack an attempted sexual assault.
“It scares me. I live here and I take the dog out all the time. It makes me rethink where I’ll walk her because I’m usually by myself,” said Petersen.
According to police, at about 2:30 p.m., a woman went to a friend's apartment, claiming she'd been attacked.
The alleged victim's friend called police, who responded along with emergency personnel.
Police say the woman was taken to a local hospital for an examination and treatment.
Police say they are looking for a suspect described as a white man in his 30s with short dark hair, weighing 150 pounds, 5'8" to 5'9" tall and wearing a black hoodie. He was also described as having a clean shaven face.
Police also said that the woman did not know her alleged attacker.
“It’s really pretty scary. I’ll have to rethink my walk on this trail,” said Sreekumar Nair from Taylorsville.