CORINTH, Texas - Police in the Denton County city of Corinth are looking for a man who attacked and tried to sexually assault a jogger over the weekend.
The assault happened Sunday just before 7 p.m. near the intersection of Post Oak and Barton Springs drives. Police said the man came up behind the woman while she was running and pushed her to the ground.
The man held the woman on the ground and groped her. Fortunately, police said a group of people attending a nearby party heard her screaming for help.
“Me and my wife started yelling and chased this guy off and consoled the victim until the police arrived,” Robert Lewis posted on the Corinth Police Department’s Facebook page. “It’s very dark in that area and difficult to see… luckily we were outside and heard the screams.”
Sgt. Clinton Ventrca says the woman was so distraught that the couple had to help her with a 911 call. Nobody got much of a description.
Corinth police believe the same attacker may have committed similar crimes elsewhere, including one in Arlington. They are adding extra patrols in the neighborhood while they investigate.
“How brazen does someone have to be? Seven o’clock in the afternoon or evening,” said Wesley Clark. “I mean people jog here at night a lot. You wonder how desperate a person is to do something like that.”
Taylor Garrison lives on the corner where the attack occurred. He and others expressed concern about street lighting.
“They could probably add a few more lights,” he said. “There’s not a lot of consistent lighting. It’s like one every other street.”
Police said the witnesses chased the suspect until he got away on Cassidy Lane. Responding officers searched the area but did not find anyone.
The suspect is described as being about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slender build and dark complexion. He was wearing a grey hoodie and black pants, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department or submit a tip through the city’s Customer Support Center.