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Karma: Man Gropes a Runner and Gets the Surprise of His Life

Police in Salt Lake City are searching for a man that groped an unnamed female jogger.  Fortunately, he should be easy to identify because he’s sporting fresh stab wounds.

On the morning of November 11,  the would-be assailant ran up behind the woman and groped her. Since her workout occurred early in the morning, the jogger was vigilant.  She always carried a small knife with her.

In an immediate dose of karma, the woman pulled the knife on him and stabbed him several times.  She stabbed him in the arms, legs, and chest.  The attacker was taken by surprise and tried to flee.

The jogger followed behind in close pursuit.  At some point, the man darted into an alley and escaped.  So, the jogger decided to head home and file a police report.

Because it was early in the morning, the victim was not able to get a good look.  According to the report, the suspect is a 5’9″ male, clean cut, and 150 pounds.  He is “physically fit” and wearing a grey sweatshirt and backpack.  The age range is vast.  He could be in his teens all the way up to his 30s.  But hey, those fresh punctures should help.

That’s not to say that all hope is lost in finding the attacker.  Police hope that the DNA on the knife could determine the attacker’s identity.  However, they are still using traditional methods to find the suspect.

From Police Detective Greg Wilking:

We’re not sure if it will lead to somebody in the system.  There’s a good chance if this person is under the age of 18, they may not have their DNA on file. We’re not going to wait on DNA alone.

Wilking encouraged other victims of the attacker to come forward.

We certainly don’t want another incident like this.  [The jogger] doesn’t want to be identified at this time, but she wants to the public to know that this happened to her…and we need to get this guy off the street.

Furthermore, he commended the jogger for her preparation.

Everybody who is out at night or in dark hours, they should be prepared and aware of their surroundings. She was prepared. She took steps to be prepared. And on top of it, she fought back. We’re happy that it turned out well for her.  She wants this guy apprehended.

Police are asking for help to find the man. Anyone with information — or who have experienced similar assaults — can call police at (801)799-3000.

Remember to always stay vigilant on your runs, especially if they are in the early morning.



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