Stamford Police release sketch of suspect in Cove Island Park rape

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Cove Island Park rape suspect wanted posterSTAMFORD–Police have released a sketch of a suspect in the early-morning sexual assault of a woman earlier this month at Cove Island Park.

On October 16 a 30-year-old woman was jogging around 5:20 a.m. on the track at Cove Island Park when an unknown man came up behind her, grabbed her and pulled her off the track. He said he had a knife, and sexually assaulted her, then dragged her down to the water line and sexually assaulted her a second time.

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.

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.

Police were able to get DNA samples and finger prints from the scene.

If you have any information about the assault or the suspect, if you’ve seen a man fitting the description in the park, or if you were at Cove Island Park between 5 and 6 a.m. on October 16, please call the Stamford Police detective bureau at 203-977-4417.