Woman assaulted while jogging on popular Aurora trail

AURORA, Colo. - Aurora police are looking for a teenager who assaulted a female jogger on a popular trail in the area of Horseshoe Park.

According to police, the woman was jogging on the Tollgate Creek Trail Tuesday evening just before 8 p.m. when she passed a teen walking in the same direction.  The woman told police the suspect ran up behind her, grabbed her and dragged her into the weeds next to the trail.

The suspect told the woman to stop screaming and said he only wanted money.  The woman struggled with the teen and managed to free herself.  The suspect ran into the condominium complex in the 2000 block of South Jasper Way, near East Iliff Avenue.

The woman escaped the trail on a sidewalk that leads to a neighborhood. 7NEWS learned that she knocked on the door of the nearest home.

"I heard a rap at the door; it was a young lady in distress. She had scratches on her arms, said she was attacked and drug into the brush," said T.C.

T.C. gave the jogger his phone and she called police.

"When the guy struck her, she clawed his neck and face, kicked him off of her and made her way back to the path," said T.C.

Police said the suspect could have recent injuries to his neck and hands from his struggle with the victim.

The woman described the teen as being a white male, between the ages of 15 and 18, with dirty blonde "hat" hair, having a very pale facial complexion.  He was wearing a white or tan shirt with a red shirt wrapped around his waist and unknown colored shorts.

7NEWS saw a heavy police presence in the area on Friday evening. Police even stopped a young man who looked similar to the composite. After he was questioned and released, he told 7NEWS that he was stopped for jaywalking and given a ticket for possession.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Aurora Police.