Jogger fought off attacker with knife, police say

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Salt Lake City police are asking for the public’s help finding the person responsible for sexually assaulting a jogger.

It happened in the Liberty Wells neighborhood Friday, November 10 around 6 a.m.

Police say a woman was jogging near 1700 South 500 East when a man came up from behind and groped her.  The woman, armed with a small knife, fought off her attacker and he fled.

“When the suspect grabbed her and attacked her she fought back and subsequently stabbed the assailant a couple times,” said Detective Greg Wilking with Salt Lake City police.

Police say the knife wasn’t large, so there aren’t any reports of a possible suspect showing up at a hospital to receive treatment. The suspect was possibly stabbed in the leg, in the chest and/ or arms.

Police are asking the public to keep this information in mind if they come across anyone with these injuries. Investigators are testing the knife for DNA.  

The suspect is described as a white man (undetermined age) about 5’9” and 150 pounds. He was described as clean looking. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt and he had a backpack.

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This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as it comes available.

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