Possible sex assualt, similar with recent attacks

Austin police are investigating yet another possible sex assault. This one happened at Northeast District Park. That’s off Crystalbrook Drive and Loyola Lane.

Police say they got a call identified as "sex crimes urgent" at 12:18 Friday afternoon.
When the incident occurred the victim had a baby in a stroller and two dogs with her. We don't know exactly what transpired. The suspect may have had a knife.

There are two series of sex assaults/ attempted sexual assaults the department is currently investigating. Five involved joggers in East Austin. An attack in Cedar Park may also be connected to those.

Most recently six cases have been linked in Northwest Austin.

"It does appear there are some similarities, but we can't definitively say that it's the same person right now. But once we interview hopefully we'll have some more answers to be able to put that together," said APD Corporal Angel Polansky.

"It just upsets me. I know if I see something like that out here I will be sure help out whoever the victim is," said jogger Eugene Smith.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male with light complexion, 5-8 wearing a black shirt, dark-colored pants and a black cap.

Police had set up a perimeter around the area and used K9 unites for their search. 

Basic Safety Tips:

Be aware of your surroundings.

  • If you have your hands full, have a plan in case you are attacked.
  • Limit distractions. Keep the volume down on your headphones or use just one earphone in order to hear and be alerted to approaching hazards.
  • If attacked in an apartment complex remember other apartments are close by so yell in order for neighbors to hear you.
  • Exercise with a friend. In case of an emergency, you can help each other out.
  • If you have to exercise solo, let at least one friend or family member know your route, expected return time, and description of your clothing.
  • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged.
  • Walk in well-lit and populated areas if possible. If not, have a light source handy.
  • Carry identification and include name, phone number, and medical information (allergies, medications, medical history) Consider listing an emergency contact number.
  • Use discretion when acknowledging strangers.
  • If you believe someone is following you, call 911 as you move to a safe place. Stay on the phone until police arrive.
  • Report any suspicious persons to 911.
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