Woman fends off attacker in Basalt | AspenTimes.com

Woman fends off attacker in Basalt

Aspen Times Staff

A Basalt woman fought off a man who allegedly assaulted her early Saturday in a gas station parking lot, and police want the public’s help in apprehending the suspect.

The woman had just gotten off the downvalley-bound bus near the Basalt Store when the man approached her at about 3 a.m.

“A struggle took place, and the victim was able to fight the attacker off while calling 911,” a Basalt Police Department press release says. “The victim sustained minor facial injuries after being struck by her attacker several times.”

Police Chief Keith Ikeda said the woman managed to inflict a severe bite on the suspect’s hand.

“She fought back. I think that’s what saved her,” he said. “She had a lot of courage.”

Ikeda said the victim’s boyfriend came on the scene and tussled with the suspect.

The alleged attacker, described as Latino with a dark complexion, 5-foot-8, 165 pounds, brown eyes and black hair, fled on foot. He was still at large Sunday night and is considered dangerous.

“We are requesting that citizens walking home at night exercise more caution and report any suspicious activity,” the police release says.

“We really want the community’s help in identifying this guy,” Ikeda said. “This is a very serious crime, and we want to get this guy off the streets.”