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Bozeman Police: woman fights off attacker early Sunday Morning

Published On: Feb 02 2014 05:47:26 AM MST
Updated On: Feb 03 2014 08:34:08 AM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Bozeman Police continue their search for a suspect involved in an attempted sexual assault. It is the second major incident in the past 48 hours Bozeman police are investigating, but officials tell us the two are unrelated. Captain Steve Crawford sat down with NBC Montana on Sunday to explain the most recent incident.

We are told officers got a call to the 200 block of Pioneer Drive early Sunday morning. It is an area densely populated with condominiums and apartments and just blocks away from MSU. The 20-year-old female reported a male believed to be in his 20's approached her near her parked car and told her he was going to rape her. She was able to scare away the suspect and get away.

"The female reacted by elbowing the subject in the face and pushing him away," said Crawford.

Crawford tells us the suspect was last seen in the parking lot near Pioneer Drive and was headed towards S. 14th Ave.

"We did an area canvas as well as a K-9 track that was inconclusive," said Crawford.

Police responded quickly and were on scene within two minutes. MSU was also quick to respond and sent out an alert via text message.

We knocked on doors in the area to see if people were aware of the search. We found Carmen Pol at a condo just feet away from the parking lot where the suspect fled.

"It was really scary, just right outside our back door," said Pol.

Pol is a first year grad student at MSU and tells us the alert text hit close to home.

"I walk alone there all the time, so definitely going to take a lot more precautions now and not walk alone probably," said Pol.

The following is a news release from the Bozeman Police Department.

On February 2, 2014, at approximately 1:27 a.m., Bozeman Police officers responded to a report of an attempted sexual assault in the 200 block of Pioneer Drive. 

A 20 year old female reported that while she was beside her parked car, a male subject came up to her and pushed her up against her car, told her he was going to rape her and to get into the car.  The victim reported that she fought back and elbowed the suspect in his nose. The victim’s actions caused the suspect to run south from the parking lot on Pioneer towards South 14th Avenue.  The victim reported that when she struck the suspect she could see he was bleeding from the nose.

The victim was not injured during the assault.   

White Male, Early to Mid 20’s Suspect description: 5’09 to 5’10 Lighter build, approx. 160-170 lbs Light brown or blonde hair, cut shorter   Gray or blue eyes The male was also described as having some pock marks on his face.   

Black hooded sweatshirt and a black coat  Clothing description: Baggy blue jeans or similar  White shoes 

Officers were on scene within two minutes of the call.  Officers conducted a K-9 track and canvassed the area, contacting several individuals on foot, but were not able to locate the suspect. Bozeman Police continue to investigate this incident.

Based on the details of this investigation it appears it was not related to the Kevin Briggs escape.  As a precaution, people are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings at all times, use caution when walking alone, stay in well-lit areas and travel in groups if possible.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact Bozeman Police at 406-582-2000 ext 2 or Headwaters Crime Stoppers at 406-586-1131.  For emergencies call 911 immediately.

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Montana State University Police issued a text alert about the reported attack just before 4:00 a.m.

Keep following NBC Montana for more on this developing story. We will post developments as we learn them here, and on our Facebook page @KTVM6.