Police seeking identity of man who may have information on attempted sexual assault

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Investigators are asking for help identifying a man who may know something about the attempted rape of a woman.

"We're hopeful someone out there will recognize him and help our investigators track him down," SSgt. Jennifer Wardlow with Oklahoma City Police said.

On April 15, officers say a woman was walking alone in the 9000 block of N.W. 10th St. when she was attacked from behind and sexually assaulted.

"She was walking back to her residence, she said that she was approached from behind, suspect grabbed her from behind around her neck attempted to actually pull her pants down," Wardlow said.

Authorities say the crime happened shortly after midnight.

"She was able to scream and ultimately get away from this man thankfully not injured," Wardlow says.

Police say they have a clear description of this man, but that's not always the case.

"Typically when people respond they've been a crime victim, there's a negative response, people don't understand, they're confused," Kim Garrett, Victim's Services Coordinator for OKCPD said.

One in five women will experience rape in their lifetime.

It's a crime that police say goes mostly unreported due to the sensitive nature.

"When victims don't feel supported, they don't come forward and offenders continue to rape," Garrett said. She's been working with victims for 14 years.

Now, Oklahoma City Police want to make sure victims know they can speak out.

""This is a serious problem in our community, actually people are more likely to be sexual assault victims than they are to experience cancer," Garrett said.

Officers have taken pledges and training to better understand rape victims.

"We want them to know we're allies in this process and there's resources available to help them," Garrett said.

If you have any information on the attack, or on the man in the pictures, call CrimeStoppers at (405) 235-7300.

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