Denver police ask public to help ID suspect in attempted sexual assault near Cheesman Park

DENVER - Denver police are asking the public to help identify a man who attacked a woman and attempted to sexually assault her early Sunday morning near Cheesman Park.

Police said the man approached the woman as she was walking about 4 a.m. near East 14th Avenue and North Vine Street, a couple blocks northeast of the park.

After making several unwanted sexual advances, the man knocked the woman to the ground and punched her while attempting to remove her clothing, police said. After beating the woman, the man fled on foot.

"Her face is badly beaten," said a neighbor, who did not was to be identified. "She was just walking, and he started following her. She fought him off and somehow got away."

Another neighbor, who wanted to just use her first name, Kat, said the area is very dark, in part, because the street light recently went out.

"I think this whole stretch of Vine is really a prime target if you're a criminal, because you can't see if there's anyone there until you're right up in front of them," she said.

Police released a composite sketch of the suspect on Monday. He's described as a black man who is between 30 and 40 years old. He stands about 5-feet-10-inches tall, has an athletic build, a shaved head, a close-shaved goatee and he was wearing dark clothing,

A reward of up to $2,000 is available for information leading to the arrest and charging of the man responsible for this crime.

If you have information about this crime or the identity of the suspect, you can anonymously contact Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867 and referencing Denver Police Department Case # 2013-602154. You can also text 274637 (CRIMES), enter the title DMCS and your message.