Deputies continue search for suspect who sexually assaulted 67-year-old woman on Kenosha County Bike Trail
UPDATE (3/28) - Kenosha County Sheriff Department is still looking for the suspect that sexually assaulted a 67-year-old woman along the Kenosha County Bike Trail.
Since the incident on Sunday, more people on the trails are walking in pairs including couples like Barb and Bill Steinseifer.
“She is my age so I can really relate and if someone comes behind you and tackles you what defense do you have,” said Barb.
The Kenosha County Sheriff Department has since stepped up patrols.
“Don’t go alone and it’s unfortunate that we live in a society that you say you can’t go for a walk. We are in a time in our lives that there are bad people out there and they want to harm,” said Beth.
Beth also suggests carrying pepper spray and to let people know when you are out walking.
There is also a device out on the market some are using when they go on walks to protect themselves. It’s called the Defense Alert Device also known as D.A.D. with TigerLight, Inc.
The device can fit in the palm of the hand. It has the capability to alert people through an app if you're in danger. It also comes with light and pepper spray.
“It’s good for anybody - no one has to feel like they are too tough to carry something that’s non-lethal," said Michael Teig, President of TigerLight Inc.
Throughout the Spring, the department will continue patrols in the area. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department wants to encourage anyone with any information about this incident to contact Crimestoppers or the Department directly.
KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Police are searching for a suspect who sexually assaulted a 67-year-old woman along the Kenosha County Bike Trail.
According to police, the woman was walking alone northbound in the 9100 block of the Kenosha County Bike Trail when she was approached and forced to the ground by an unknown male. The suspect sexually assaulted the woman and fled the scene on foot southbound on the bike path.
The victim describes the suspect as a black male, 30's, 5'8, with a stocky build.
The woman was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released.
"I do take my grandson up and down there and it worries me because we're so close to the bike trail and especially at night, but this happened in the daytime on a Sunday afternoon so it makes it really scary when something like that happens in broad daylight," said Monica Vincent who lives nearby.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is increasing patrol activity in the area. Citizens are reminded to remain alert and to report any suspicious activity.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department wants to encourage anyone with any information about this incident to contact Crimestoppers or the Department directly.