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Oak Creek Canyon, AZ; Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives are investigating the sexual assault of a fifty two year-old woman from Tucson, Arizona who was sightseeing in Oak Creek Canyon on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
On Wednesday at about 11:19 am the Sheriff’s Office received a call from an Emergency room in Sedona reporting a sexual assault. Deputies responded and conducted an initial interview with the victim. According to the victim she was vacationing in Flagstaff and was driving through Sedona on her return trip to Tucson. She stopped on the side of South 89A in close proximity to the Call of the Canyon day use area for the purpose of looking at the creek. While standing outside of her vehicle the victim was approached from behind and physically assaulted. During the attack the victim was sexually assaulted and at the conclusion of the assault 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 mustache. 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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Public and Media Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089