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Police encourage vigilance after recent attack on Brushy Creek Trail

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After a recently attempted assault on a woman jogging along Brushy Creek Trail, area police departments are encouraging citizens to stay safe when using outdoor parks and trails.

Police are also asking the public for tips to identify the suspect, who remains at large.

Lt. Jackson Mitchell of the Leander Police Department talked about the importance of being cautious and vigilant while out on the trails.

“We only have a few short trails (Leander),” said Mitchell. “I think there are plans to extend and build on them, but right now there are short trails that run through the area. I would say to always be looking out for things going on around you and to stay aware.”

Last week’s attack is being investigated by the Round Rock Police Department. 

“This type of attack isn’t common in Round Rock,” said RRPD spokesperson Nicholas Olivier. “There hasn’t been an attack like this in at least six months. We want the public to continue to send in tips.”

RRPD is still searching for a suspect who it says assaulted a woman running on the trail near the intersection of Forrest Creek Drive and Kenney Fort Boulevard Sunday, May 27. The woman was able to fight off her attacker and run to a location where a bystander called the police. 

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic man in his mid-20s to early 30s, approximately 5'7" to 5'10" in height, with short black hair and “soul patch” style facial hair.

Anyone who has information that could be helpful in this case is asked to call RRPD at 512-218-5500.

The Brushy Creek Trail system extends several miles from Cedar Park into Round Rock. Cedar Park has several additional miles of trail area within its city limits.

RRPD has provided the following safety tips for those who are using parks or trail systems: 

  • Carry a phone but don’t wear both ear buds.
  • Have a plan if something were to happen.
  • Scream and run. Screaming loudly can startle or even stop an assailant.
  • Never go willingly with someone you do not know.

 Cedar Park Police provided a list of additional tips:

  • Avoid running with music players — you need all your senses to be alert in order to stay safe.
  • Be alert, pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Be careful running at night — wear a headlamp and stick to roads you know.

 Leander police added the following safety tips:

  • Let a friend, parent, or spouse know what you are doing and where you are.
  • Know your escape routes and how to get to a safe place.
  • Run with a buddy or even small groups. 

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