Monday Jul 27 2009
Child assaulted in park
Suspect still at large after attack on girl in Auburn
An unidentified man assaulted a 10-year-old girl in the girls’ bathroom in an Auburn park Monday afternoon. The attack happened shortly before 3:30 p.m. at Auburn Recreation District Park, 123 Recreation Drive, according to an Auburn Police Department press release. “This bathroom is located adjacent to the public swimming pool,” police Chief Valerie Harris said in the release. “We later learned that the victim was sexually assaulted. The victim was transported to a local hospital for medical care.” After the assault, the suspect left the bathroom and ran southbound in front of the park office and continued in an unknown direction of travel, police said. The suspect is described as a white male adult, late 30s to early 40s, 5-feet 10-inches to 6-feet 2-inches tall, medium build weighing approximately 175 to 185 pounds, short blonde or gray hair, possibly over the ears and messy or spiked. The suspect was wearing a red tank top or short-sleeve cut-off shirt and shorts, the police department said. Responding officers worked with the Auburn Recreation District park staff to ensure the safety of the remaining children at the park as well as the on-site daycare facility. The staff at the daycare facility did a lockdown of the children until parents picked them up, Harris said. Anyone who may have information regarding the case is asked to contact the Auburn Police Department Investigations Division at (530) 823-4237 extension 207. “I would appreciate it if anyone knows someone who fits that description and was acting agitated or in an unusual manner to contact the Auburn Police Department,” ARD director Gordon Ainsleigh said Monday evening.