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Map of Roy G. Guerror Park and Hiking Trail

Austin Jogger Attacked, July 4th

on Hike and Bike Trail near “Secret Beach”

UPDATE: 7/9/2019

If anyone has information on the suspect who attacked a jogger in Guerrero Park, please contact Capital Area Crime Stoppers at 1-800-893-TIPS (8477).

Suspect description: Black male, late 20’s, dark skinned, 150-160 lbs., medium build, 5’9″-5’10”, unknown eye color, dark and short full head of hair wearing blue t-shirt with line of white near collar, dark cargo shorts, black, round corded headphones covering ears, dark socks, dark tennis shoes

7/4/2019 – This morning my wife and I were going to go walk the dog at a trail we’d not walked in a long time. It’s the Roy G Guerrero Colorado River Metro Park trail that starts where Grove Blvd hits the river.

As we drove into the parking area I was telling my wife about the naked man in the Travis Heights / Big Stacy Park area that had caused a lockdown at the elementary school and was presumedly linked to multiple attempted sexual assaults in the area that same day – last Monday the 24th – the day after we had last walked the dog there in the Big Stacy Park area.

I parked the car and we exited the vehicle and proceeded to the trail. As often occurs, the dog pooped almost immediately. Just as I put the bag in the trash and was turning/ walking back toward the trailhead I heard a woman screaming for help / that she’d been attacked. We rushed along the trail towards her screams and saw a young lady running towards us looking bloody and terrified. Her face was bloody and swollen beyond anything I’ve ever seen in person- the kind of facial swelling / bulging you only see in photos on the faces of boxers and wives beaten within inches of their lives.

She was attacked by a man who began following her while she was jogging. He grabbed her and threw her to the ground and hit her in the face. She was able to push him off of her and ran.

I called 911 and directed the police and EMS to our location. There were at least half a dozen police vehicles and the ambulance deployed in the area in response to the call over the course of the 25-30 minute experience from when we heard her screaming and left later once she was in the ambulance and the cops continued the search. I don’t know if they found the assailant or not – its a big greenbelt area along that stretch of riverfront there from that trail entrance at Roy G Guerrero youth park fields (near the “family friendly” “secret beach”) that extends west to the Krieg Field Softball Complex and the Roy G Guerrero Disc Golf Course and south to the entrance of the Roy Guerrero Trail.

Attacks of this nature along the river’s hike and bike trails have been a recurring problem here since as long as I can remember- at least since the mid 1980s.

I’ve heard of so many assaults and known so many sexually assaulted women that I’m always on guard and pray everyone else is as vigilant.

I hope they catch this latest inhuman… and my heart goes out to the woman whose life intersected with ours because of such a horrific inhuman assault.

Please be careful and cautious out there. I love humanity even as I reel from the all too common horrors our worst visit upon us.

I’ve not yet seen any news report today about this incident but I am watching and waiting and ready…

 

– Miles Lewis

Comments on: "Austin Jogger Attacked, July 4th on Hike and Bike Trail near “Secret Beach”" (13)

  1. Woman attacked at Guerrero park July 4th morning
    by Jordan Bontke
    Friday, July 5th 2019
    https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/woman-attacked-at-gurrero-park-july-4th-morning

  2. Woman assaulted at Roy G. Guerrero Park
    By Jennifer Kendall
    Jul 08 2019
    http://www.fox7austin.com/news/local-news/woman-assaulted-at-roy-g-guerrero-park

  3. Description released of suspect who attacked female trail walker at Guerrero Park
    by CBS Austin
    Monday, July 8th 2019
    https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/description-released-of-suspect-who-attacked-female-trail-walker-at-guerrero-park

  4. APD: Guerrero Park jogger ‘did everything right’ to protect herself and still got attacked
    by Jordan Bontke
    Tuesday, July 9th 2019
    https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/apd-guerrero-park-jogger-did-everything-right-to-protect-herself-and-still-got-attacked

  5. Woman reportedly attacked at Guerrero Park, police seeking a suspect
    by Drew Knight, Jeff Bell, Luis de Leon
    Published: 6:30 PM CDT July 8, 2019
    Updated: 11:20 PM CDT July 9, 2019
    https://www.kvue.com/article/news/crime/woman-reportedly-attacked-at-guerrero-park-police-seeking-a-suspect/269-bbf441a4-81eb-4708-a77c-11bad53ad934

  6. Sergeant Blake from APD Agg Assault Unit discusses July 4th Guerrero Park incident

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1MnGnvvzdjdGO

  7. If anyone has information on the suspect who attacked a jogger in Guerrero Park, please contact Capital Area Crime Stoppers at 1-800-893-TIPS (8477).

  8. APD seeks public’s help in Guerrero Park assault
    By Esmi Careaga, FOX 7 Austin
    Posted Jul 09 2019 10:28PM CDT
    Video Posted Jul 09 2019 10:33PM CDT
    Updated Jul 09 2019 10:38PM CDT
    http://www.fox7austin.com/news/local-news/apd-seeks-public-s-help-in-guerrero-park-assault

  9. Police asking for public’s help finding suspect in assault at east Austin park
    Posted: Jul 8, 2019 / 10:08 PM CDT / Updated: Jul 9, 2019 / 06:47 PM CDT

    https://www.kxan.com/news/police-asking-for-publics-help-finding-suspect-in-assault-at-east-austin-park/

  10. Police Seek Attacker From East Austin Park
    By Tony Cantu, Patch Staff
    Jul 9, 2019 11:58 am ET
    https://patch.com/texas/downtownaustin/police-seek-attacker-east-austin-park

  11. Austin runner fights off man in attempted sexual assault; suspect on the run
    Police said he tried to pull down her shorts while she was running.
    Author: Shawna M Reding, Pattrik Perez
    Published: 3:00 PM CDT September 25, 2019

    https://www.kvue.com/article/news/crime/east-austin-pleasant-valley-attempted-sexual-assault-runner-fights-off-man/269-fbfced3d-3881-485a-b0e2-b5d403c1932b

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