Sketch Released Of Armed Assailant Targeting Joggers

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Sketch of man accused of  attacking female joggers. (SOURCE: BSO)

Sketch of man accused of attacking female joggers. (SOURCE: BSO)

South Florida Crime

LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Officials want the public’s help in arresting a man accused of preying on female joggers.

Broward Sheriff’s Office released a sketch of a man described as a “brazen, armed attacker” who recently approached two women during a run.

The assailant is described as a Hispanic male, clean-shaven, in his mid to late twenties. He is approximately 5-foot-9 to 6-feet tall with a medium build. He had dark spikey hair and could have moles along the side of his face. Also, he may have bite marks on his hands.

The man described appears to have been targeting popular jogging spots, the area between West McNab road and Tam O’Shanter Boulevard along the Hamptons Boulevard/Avon Lane corridor.

On two separate accounts, on April 29th and May 1st, the assailant approached the jogger, showed his gun and attempted to drag the woman into the bushes or a tree line. Both attacks occurred during the hours of 8:30 and 10:30 P.M. He gave both women orders in Spanish but neither understood as both women are English-speakers.

In both cases, the women fought back. One hit the man’s face and the other bit his hands, enabling both to escape.

Anyone with information about this man should can contact BSO Det. Zachary Scott at (954) 321-4200 or report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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