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Police investigate stranger sex assault

Released on Tuesday, December 21, 2021
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  • Public Information Office, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-818-8950, fcpsmedia@fcgov.com

FCPS is investigating a stranger sex assault that happened in public on Monday afternoon.

Just after 3 p.m. on December 20, 2021, the adult female victim went for a walk in the 1200 block of East Elizabeth Street. A man grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her. A bystander saw the struggle and yelled at the man to stop, at which time he ran away. The bystander briefly spoke to the victim, who then left to seek care and call police.

The suspect was described as a white man dressed all dark clothing. Detectives are working to find any security video in the area that may have captured the incident, suspect, or other possible witnesses. Investigators are also asking the intervening bystander to contact police in hopes that she can provide any additional details or suspect description. The victim described the witness as a woman in her mid-to-late 40s with brown, curly hair, wearing multi-colored glasses and a brown peacoat.

“This is a shocking crime that happened in broad daylight,” said Crimes Against Persons Sgt. Heather Moore. “We’re extremely grateful for the bystander who took action and intervened. We really need her to contact us and share anything she remembers so we can get this perpetrator off our streets.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact FCPS Detective Dollie Knab at 970-416-2195. People who want to stay anonymous can also submit tips via Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 or www.stopcriminals.org.