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Police searching for South Austin sexual assault suspect

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who sexually assaulted a woman in South Austin Monday afternoon. (CBS Austin)

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who sexually assaulted a woman in South Austin Monday afternoon.

It happened at around 1 p.m. near the intersection of Woodward Street and the frontage road of I-35.

"It's shocking because you know not to go by yourself at night, but in the morning or daylight, it's crazy," said Taylor Marshall, a St. Edward's University student.

Austin Police investigators say the victim was approached from behind and forced into a secluded area where she was sexually assaulted.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’0”, bald, with a blonde mustache and blonde beard from ear to ear, with lots of body hair.

He was last seen wearing a burnt orange shirt, dark grey workout pants, and dark colored shoes.

Students and neighbors who live near the scene of the attack say this is surprising because this is typically a safe area.

"During the day, you think it wouldn't happen here because there's a lot of traffic," said Rubi Castelan, who lives near the area.

Marshall says she jogs off campus often, but knows not to do so by herself at night.

After this attack happened in broad daylight, she's going to keep her guard up at all times.

"Just to go in a group and never go by yourself anywhere," Marshall said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Austin Police at 512-974-5095, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.


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