Police search for alleged Saturday attacker

Published 12:04 am Thursday, August 9, 2012

Police are investigating an alleged attack in Robinson Park Saturday and are asking the public’s help in finding the man responsible.

Lt. Paul Dean with the Andalusia Police Department said the incident occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. while the victim, a female in her late 50s, was doing walking alone as a morning exercise routine.

“She said a man came up behind her and then attempted to assault her,” Dean said. “Thankfully, he was unsuccessful. We’ve had no other reports of similar incidents.

“It was over in a matter of minutes,” he said. “We have a brief description of the man, but we don’t have a lot of physical evidence in the case.”

Dean said the victim immediately called 911 after the incident and described her attacker as a dark complected black male, between 5-foot and 5-foot-4, with short hair or bald, in the age range of 30 to 50.

“At the present, we don’t have a lot of leads, so we’re asking citizens if they were in that area during that time who might have seen something or anyone who might know something about the incident to please call,” he said.

Dean and Chief Wilbur Williams each said this is a singular incident and people should not deviate from their normal exercise routine.

“We don’t believe this is a cause for alarm,” Williams said. “We do recommend that you do take some precautions, mainly pause long enough to make yourself aware of your surroundings.

“Scan the area, and take note of the people around,” he said. “Don’t do something to make yourself a target. Don’t walk in areas that aren’t well-traveled or well-lighted during early morning or dusk hours.”

Williams said patrols have been increased throughout the area and the department “wanted to make people aware” of the incident.