Woman sexually assaulted while jogging in Cove Island Park in Stamford

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STAMFORD--Police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on a jogging trail in Cove Island Park.

Around 5:20 a.m. Friday a 30-year-old woman was running when a man came up from behind her, grabbed her and pulled her off the track. The attacker said he had a knife, and he sexually assaulted her near the track.

The victim jogs on that track every day, and she said she did see him on her first lap around the track,  but didn't give it a second thought because she thought he was exercising as well.

Cove Island Park jogging trail

Cove Island Park jogging trail

After the first attack the victim says she was dragged to the water's edge and sexually assaulted again. The victim said she was scared he was going to drown her.

In all, the assault lasted 10 to 15 minutes. The victim said that the attacker made comments to her as though he knew her

The victim didn't have a cell phone with her, so she jogged about 1 1/2 miles home to call police and report the assault.

Because it was low tide, police were able to get to the scene within 30 minutes of the attack to collect DNA and finger prints, which were still there.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic man, 35 to 40 years old, 5-foot-7, a stocky medium build with a protruding stomach and an unshaven beard. He spoke English with a Spanish accent, the victim said. She said he was wearing a dark-colored fleece sweatshirt, gym shorts, black sneakers and a dark-colored baseball hat. His breath smelled of alcohol.

If you have any information on the suspect or incident please call Stamford Police at 203-997-4417.