MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police are seeking a suspect following a sexual assault that occurred on the Hank Aaron Trail on Tuesday, September 29th. This, as some who use the Hank Aaron Trail regularly tell FOX6 News incidents like this are becoming more common.
Police say the victim, a 27-year-old Milwaukee woman, told officers she was running on the trail when a suspect on a bicycle approached her, grabbed her and fondled her.
The woman screamed -- and the suspect fled from the scene on his bicycle.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 17-18 years-old, 5’5” tall, with a slim build and his hair in a ponytail.
The suspect’s face had marks on it, likely either freckles or sun spots.
He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt, shorts, and black tennis shoes and riding a black low-rider type bike.
This incident has some who use the Hank Aaron Trail on high alert.
"We're terrified. It's just scary," Abby Busse, a Marquette University junior who runs the trail five times a week with friends. "It's a great surface to run on. You don't have to deal with traffic really."
But Busse says she does have to deal with lots of harassment from men she encounters on the trail.
"Just saying things -- calling us names, slapping butts and whistling," Busse said.
Busse says the constant remarks make it difficult to focus on her cross country training.
"Really mad. Really, really upset," Busse said. "We're usually with a group, so I feel like that's a good thing, but it's also not that surprising."
"Just keep an eye out for yourself. If you can, travel with a friend," Jerry Womack said.
Anyone with information should call Milwaukee Police Sensitive Crimes Division at 414-935-7405.