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Sandy police seek knife-wielding suspect in late-night attack

Published October 4, 2012 8:19 am

Near TRAX station • Woman fought off attacker with soft drink bottle.
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Sandy police were looking for a knife-wielding man who attacked a woman shortly after she got off a TRAX light rail train early Thursday morning.

Police Sgt. John Arnold said that just after midnight, the 25-year-old woman was walking from the Civic Center TRAX station at the 115 E. Sego Lily Drive station toward State Street when she passed an empty field. Her assailant — described as a malodorous, dirty white man in his 30s with shaggy blond hair, wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants — apparently came from that field.

"He came up behind her and put her in a bear hug and they fell to the ground and wrestled. He pulled a hunting knife and told her to calm down, but she had a soda pop bottle in her pocket and used it to hit him on the head a couple times," Arnold said.

The woman got loose, on her feet and managed to call 911 on her cell phone. While she was on the call with a public safety dispatcher, her assailant again tackled her, stole her phone — and one of her shoes — and ran down the street into the darkness.

Police were on the scene shortly thereafter. A search of the area using police dogs did not turn up the suspect, however.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 911, or the Sandy Police Department direct at 801-840-4000.

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