STEVENSVILLE — Police are still in search of the suspect who assaulted a woman last month on a nature path at Grand Mere State Park in Lincoln Township.
Township Police Chief Gary Soper said the ongoing investigation has produced at least 100 different tips.
“We are continuing to follow up on any leads that come in,” Soper said. “Some of the tips were indicating people looked like the sketch that was done and we followed up on those. Some tips went along with behavior that people had shown in a time before this incident.”
Police said the victim reported that just before 8:30 a.m. April 1 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.
The woman, 28, told police the man began kicking and punching her in the torso and face, which led to her fighting back and her dog biting the man.
According to the woman, 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 and that he did not say anything during the attack.
The alleged attacker is described as a husky white man, about 5-feet-10 or 11 inches, with dark hair, wearing a dark sweatshirt or coat, blue jeans and dark shoes.
Berrien County Prosecutor Steve Pierangeli confirmed Monday that no one has been charged or arrested for the alleged assault.
“I am not aware of anyone turning themselves in for having committed this crime,” said Pierangeli, responding to rumors that an arrest had been made.
Soper asked the public to be aware of their surroundings while on walking trails.
“In this situation, the suspect came upon behind someone. We have not had any situations like that recently,” he said. “If anyone sees something that is out of place, give us a call.”
Soper said anyone with information about the April 1 assault is asked to call Lincoln Township police at 429-2444, or Crime Stoppers, 800-342-STOP.