STEVENSVILLE — Police are investigating a report of a woman being assaulted April 1 on a nature path at Grand Mere State Park in Lincoln Township.
Police said the victim reported that just before 8:30 a.m., she was sitting with her dog on a trail about a quarter-mile from the state park’s parking lot when a man came up from behind, grabbed her and pushed her to the ground.
According to a Facebook post by Lincoln Township Police, the woman said the man began kicking and punching her in the torso and face, and she fought back and her dog bit the man.
The woman, 28, told police the attack lasted for two to three minutes before she was able to break free and run to her vehicle and call 911. She told police the man ran in the opposite direction. She said the man did not say anything during the attack.
While one officer spoke with the victim, other officers, along with a tracking dog, searched the park but the suspect was not located, police said.
The alleged attacker was described as a husky white man, about 5-feet-10 inches tall wearing a dark sweatshirt or coat and blue jeans.
The following was released on April 2 after the St Joseph office of the FBI assisted the Lincoln Township Police by doing a composite sketch of the suspect: Mid to Late 30’s in age; Pale complexion, but red faced from the cold; Approximately 220-230 lbs; Dark colored eyes; Unknown color hair, but lighter color; Stocky build; Possibly had “Cauliflower Ears”; Strong body odor; Dirty hands; Dark colored crew-neck sweatshirt, possibly brown; Blue jeans appeared too long in the legs, resulting in them being frayed and dirty at the bottom cuff; Dark colored shoes, possibly boots.
The woman was taken to Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, for treatment of abrasions and bruising.
The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call Lincoln Township Police at 429-2444, or Crime Stoppers, 800-342-STOP.