SAND SPRINGS, OK — With the warmer temperatures hitting our state; that means a lot of people will be exercising outdoors. Police in one Oklahoma town are warning residents about a potential attacker on the loose.
And he is targeting women who are jogging alone. Authorities say a man threatened a 20-year-old woman who was jogging in the Sand Springs area Sunday afternoon.
The suspect allegedly used a gun and a knife to force the woman into a heavily wooded area off the trail. The victim told police she was able to wrestle her way out from underneath the suspect and she may have stabbed him in the leg during the struggle.
“We think the disturbing thing is the time of day, the fact that he was armed and the aggressive manner in which he took; that makes us worry about this, as far, as could he be out in the area,” Deputy Chief Mike Carter of the Sand Springs Police Department says.
The suspect is described as a slender white man; standing about 6 feet tall with blond or gray hair. We’re told he was last seen riding a black bicycle with a rigid case on the handle bars.
Police are warning joggers to work out with a buddy, carry a cellphone at all times, and be aware of your surroundings.