Coon Rapids Police say they have received more than 100 tips in connection with the assault and attempted abduction of a 16-year-old girl last Friday, yet the suspect remains at large.
In a release sent to the media Monday investigators say they have developed a few promising leads from those tips, but are are asking people to look at a police sketch and call 763-427-1212 if they think they recognize the suspect.
Shortly after 9:05 a.m. Friday officers were called to the area of Coon Rapids Boulevard and Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension.
"The victim, a 16-year-old girl, was on the nearby walking path, on her skateboard...when she sensed someone behind her…who then grabbed her, pulled her into the woods and sprayed her with pepper spray and tried to attack her," according to a news release.
Police say the girl screamed, kicked and fought off her attacker and he ran away into the woods.
Coon Rapids PD says, "While abductions and assaults of this nature are extremely rare, it is important to reminder your kids to scream, fight and do everything they can to get out of a situation like this."
The suspect is described as a white male, in his mid-30's, wearing a black sweatshirt, with grey sleeves (the sweatshirt had the Adidas brand on the front), dark sweat pants, black hair, lower profile beard, and a thin build.
He is believed to be a stranger to the victim.
"Let us be clear that the survivor did absolutely nothing wrong, and is in no way responsible for what happened to her," Coon Rapids Police emphasized in Monday's news release. "However, with the suspect still at large we want to remind you to take proper crime prevention precautions when out and about: Be aware of your surroundings, lock your homes/vehicles, etc. Please also remind your children that if they are ever in this situation, to react as our survivor did: scream, fight back, and run away."