Assault on Signal Mountain Trail

At approximately 11:00 AM on September 13, 2009, two female hikers were assaulted at knifepoint by a male on the Signal Mountain Trail near the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area.  One female was transported by private
vehicle to Poudre Valley Hospital with minor cuts to her hands and shoulder.  The females were able to fight off their attacker with a walking stick.

The assailant was 5’10” tall with a husky build.  He was wearing grayish camouflage clothing and face mask.  He had a salt-and-pepper pony tail and he may have cuts and abrasions where he was struck with the walking stick.  No vehicle information is available.

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputies and members of the SWAT team responded to the area and a perimeter was set up.  Roadblocks were established.  Vehicles in the area were identified and interviews with everyone in the area were conducted.  Deputies were assisted in their search by the LCSO K-9 team.  The suspect has not yet been located.

Deputies will maintain roadblocks throughout the night and search efforts will resume in the morning.

Eloise B. Campanella, Press Information Officer
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office
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