BEND, OR -- A Bend woman says she was groped by a stranger while running. Police responded to the Deschutes River Canyon Trail at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday.
They say the 45-year-old victim was running with her dogs on the east side of the river, in the secluded area near the southern footbridge. She moved her dogs to the side to accommodate a man, but when he passed, he grabbed her waist and buttocks. She was able to get away but one of her dogs ran off during the incident. The woman was later reunited with her pet.
Despite an extensive search by officers, a K9 unit and a drone, a suspect wasn’t found. Investigators say the assault occurred quickly and at dusk, so he could only be described as between 20 and 40 years old, with an average build. She thinks he was wearing dark pants and a jacket or zip-up hoody.
Anyone who may have witnessed this or a similar incident on the River Trail is asked to call Bend PD through non-emergency dispatch, at 541-693-6911. This was the only report of this type of incident occurring April 21st.