Thu, April 02

Woman sexually assaulted in Oak Creek Canyon

OAK CREEK CANYON -- Coconino Sheriff's Deputies and Detectives are investigating the sexual assault of a 52-year-old woman from Tucson who was sightseeing in Oak Creek Canyon on Wednesday.  

Just after 11 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received a call from an Emergency room in Sedona reporting a sexual assault.

Deputies conducted an initial interview with the victim.  The woman said she was vacationing in Flagstaff and driving through Sedona on her return trip to Tucson.  

She stopped on the side of 89A in close proximity to the Call of the Canyon day use area to look at the creek.  While standing outside of her vehicle, the victim was approached from behind and physically assaulted.  

During the attack woman was sexually assaulted. After the assault, she said the suspect left on foot possibly in a southerly direction.  

Detectives are investigating the possibility that the suspect was armed at the time of the assault.

The suspect is described as a white male, mid to late forties in age, with medium length dark colored hair, a scraggly dark colored beard and moustache.  

He was last seen wearing brown pants with side pockets, a dark colored sweat shirt and cowboy boots.  

Individuals who believe they may have information regarding this crime or who possess information regarding the possible identity of the suspect are urged to call the Coconino County Sheriff's Office at (928) 774-4523 or toll free at 1-800-338-7888 or Silent Witness at (928)774-6111.

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