MARLBORO – A physical attack and an attempted sexual assault of a jogger in a Monmouth County park in Marlboro is under investigation, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced on Nov. 6.
The incident took place shortly after 11:45 a.m. Nov. 4, approximately 100 feet off the Henry Hudson Trail in Big Brook Park, not far from the trail’s eastern terminus at Boundary Road, according to a press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
An investigation involving members of the prosecutor’s office Special Victims Bureau and the Marlboro Police Department determined an adult female was running in the area when she noticed a male stretching nearby, according to the press release.
Moments later, the man physically attacked the woman, causing her to fall to the ground,
and brandished a knife, which he used to cause minor injuries to her arms.
The man then allegedly exposed himself and attempted to sexually assault the woman, but she managed to fight him off, causing him to flee in an unknown direction, according to the press release.
The suspect is described as being a tanned white adult male with medium length hair,
standing about 6 feet tall and weighing about 240 pounds. He was wearing a
dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants. He reportedly had a raised scar on
one ear, light facial hair and a distinctive neck tattoo.
The investigation remains ongoing, with Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office personnel working with authorities in neighboring jurisdictions to determine whether this incident is in any way connected with other recent similar incidents, according to the press release.
Anyone with information about this matter is asked to contact Detective Joshua Rios at 1-800-533-7443.
The suspect is to be considered armed and dangerous, and anyone who believes they have encountered the man is urged not to approach him and to immediately dial 911, according to the press release.