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On April 21st, officers with the Bend Police Department responded to the Deschutes River Canyon Trail at 9:15pm for the report of a female that was physically groped. The reported offense occurred on the east side of the river, in the secluded area near the southern foot bridge.
When officers arrived, they contacted a 45 year old female Bend resident. The female had been running with her dogs on the trail prior to being assaulted. The female noticed a male approaching her and she attended to her dogs to accommodate both of them to be on the trail. As the female was tending to one of her dogs, the male walked past her and grabbed her waist and buttock areas. The female was able to get away from the male, but one of her dogs ran off during the attack.
An extensive search for the male was completed by the Bend Police Department to include searching with a police canine team consisting of Officer Uballez and “Kim” and the deployment of a drone. The suspect was not located during this time.
The female was able to give a brief description of the suspect as the assault occurred quickly and at dusk. The male is thought to be 20-40 years old with an average build. The female believed the suspect was wearing a dark pants and jacket or a zip up hoody sweatshirt.
Later in the evening, the female was reunited with her lost dog.
This was the only report of this type of occurrence happening on April 21st. The Bend Police Department is currently investigating this incident as we want to ensure the safety of our community and visitors alike as they enjoy everything Bend has to offer.
We are asking our community to advise if they have witnessed any type of similar occurrence on the Deschutes River Trail or if they had witnessed this event. You can contact us through Deschutes County 911 at 541-693-6911.