Aspen police are looking for a suspect who allegedly attempted to sexually assault a woman walking near the Hopkins Avenue pedestrian bridge early Tuesday morning.

The woman called police to report the incident at 4:54 a.m., shortly after it had occurred, according to assistant chief Bill Linn. The pedestrian bridge and area immediately surrounding the bridge was blocked off with police tape Tuesday morning as officers worked to process the crime scene, Linn said. He added that police were able to collect some physical evidence but he declined further comment on the evidence or the nature of the assault.

According to a press release, the female victim was walking alone in the area of the pedestrian bridge on the east end of Hopkins Avenue when she was approached by an unknown male subject who attempted to assault her. She successfully fought back and escaped without serious injury, the release says. 

The suspect is described as a white male, age 40-50, with brown hair cut just below the ear and balding on top. The suspect’s height is estimated at 5-feet, 9-inches tall with a thin to medium build. He was described as wearing a blue and white shirt, black pants and “Timberland-style,” very white shoes with a rim around, maybe of gold.

Aspen police have a full team of officers working on the investigation of this case, the release says. They are looking for homeowners and businesses that might have video that may have captured images related to this incident. 

“We are particularly looking for video of Hopkins Avenue between Original [Street] and the pedestrian bridge. If you might have video of this area, we would like to work with you to review it. Please call 970-920-5400 if you are willing to help out,” the release says.

Linn added that perhaps someone from the public saw someone matching the suspect’s description in the timeframe around the incident and could come forward with any information that might be helpful to officers.

In addition, Aspen police are suggesting that, while Aspen is extremely safe, some precautionary measures may be in order for folks walking at night:

  • Stay aware. Late night is not the time to walk and look at your phone.
  • Walk with others. Walking in pairs significantly increases your safety.
  • If you don’t have anyone else to walk with, feel free to give Aspen police a call at their nonemergency number, 970-920-5400, and an officer can walk you to you to your car or help you get safely home.