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Durango police searching for man suspected of rape

Woman says she was sexually assaulted while hiking near Powerline Trail

The Durango Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman Tuesday night in east Durango.

The alleged assault occurred sometime between 7:20 and 8 p.m. in the vicinity of Powerline Trail, east of the Skyline Apartments on Goeglein Gulch Road, according to a news release issued Wednesday afternoon by the police department.

The police department said a “college-aged female” had been hiking alone when a man unknown to the woman pushed her down and proceeded to sexually assault her.

The suspect was described as white, in his 20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 200 pounds and clean-shaven. The man was wearing a dark-colored T-shirt, dark shorts and a black baseball hat, according to the release.

Anyone with information about the alleged assault is asked to contact Detective Garett Marr at 764-7035 or email leo.marr@durangogov.org.

If anyone sees any suspicious activity that is in progress in the area, they should call 911 or dispatch at 385-2900.

The Durango Police Department said it would increase patrols in the area.

shane@durangoherald.com

For help

Sexual Assault Services Organization offers a 24/7 support line at 247-5400. RAINN, National Sexual Assault Hotline, also offers confidential 24/7 support. It can be reached at (800) 656-4673. Axis is also a helpful resource and offers a crisis line at 247-5245.