Police seek suspect in sexual assault of jogger near Joliet

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JOLIET, Ill. – Police in the southwest suburbs are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect of a brutal sexual assault.

Police say a 19-year-old woman was jogging on a path between Joliet and Rockdale Sunday morning around 10:30 a.m.

Police say the suspect was lying in wait and armed with a knife.  He appeared and  threw the woman to the ground and dragged her off the path into the woods at knifepoint.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, late 20s to early 30s, 5’8 to 5’10 with dark hair and a medium build.  He was wearing an orange long-sleeved shirt at the time of the attack.

The biking and jogging path runs just south of I-80 between Joliet and Rockdale along the Illinois and Michigan canal.

The victim is a student from the area and police say, while traumatized, she has been extremely brave and helpful.  She’ll be helping them again tomorrow when she meets with a sketch artist to come up with a composite drawing of her attacker.

In the meantime, police ask anyone with any information to contact them.