Bicycle assault suspect still at large

JACKSON, WY — The Jackson Police Department is still searching for a man who was caught on video assaulting a woman on her bicycle and trying to steal her phone last week.

According to a press release from JPD, the woman was riding her bike on August 31 at 2:15 a.m. when she was tackled by an unknown man who then tried to steal her phone. The suspect is described as a white man in his late 20s to early 30s with blonde hair that was pulled back in a ponytail. He was wearing a white button-down shirt and a navy blue vest or zipped up hoodie. He’s a little less than six feet tall with a thin build and sparse facial hair.

Video surveillance captured from the courthouse shows the woman riding her bike using her cell phone as a light. The man grabs her phone and tries to get away, but the woman chased after him.

She got her phone back, but the event took a toll.

The victim’s account, shared with Buckrail anonymously, is that the man “threw his arm around my neck and knocked me off my bike.” They engaged in a struggle for a few moments and he had her in a headlock, only releasing when she yelled that they were in front of a police station and being filmed.

“I have never felt unsafe walking home in this town, and even less so when riding a bike,” the victim wrote on Facebook. “I don’t want any special attention, I’m completely fine except for a bruised windpipe and some minor scrapes. I just want women to know that they should not be walking (or biking) home alone. If this had happened in a less visible place, I think the outcome would have been very different.”

As of today, JPD says they have no further information but are following up on some leads. The incident is being investigated as a robbery.

If you have any information, please contact the police department at (307) 733-1430.

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