A jogger was violently attacked running through the Metroparks Garfield Park reservation on Saturday morning, and the Cleveland Metroparks have released a composite sketch of the man suspected of the crime.
Public assistance is requested by the Metroparks rangers to bring this man to justice. The man is described as a black male in his mid-20s to 30s with a thin build standing about 5-feet-8-inches tall. He has medium-length black hair, a short beard or goatee and words tattooed above both eyebrows.
He will have a visible injury to a finger on his right hand where the victim bit him in order to get away. He was wearing pale green shorts, a white v-neck shirt and tan leather work boots at the time of the attack.
According to the Crime Stoppers Facebook page
, the woman told authorities she was running on the Iron Springs Loop Trail around 6:45 a.m. when she was attacked. The man approached her, grabbed her throat, and told her not to say anything or he would kill her.
According to the rangers
, the man knocked her down, straddled her, covered her mouth with his hand and punched her several times in the head. The jogger then bit the suspect's finger while he was covering her mouth with enough force causing him to remove his hand and flee the scene of the crime.
Anyone with information about the suspect's location is urged to contact CrimeStoppers of Cuyahoga County at 216-252-7463 or www.25crime.com. A $2,500 reward is being offered in exchange for information.