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.