ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The rapist who attacked a woman at knifepoint in the Rio Grande bosque last weekend is still on the loose.
Albuquerque police are now stepping up their presence in the area and asking for the public's help to catch the guy.
Police presence along the bosque was on the rise Friday. It all stems from an assault last Sunday afternoon where a woman was raped about a mile north of Central Avenue near one of the main trails on the east side of the river.
He's described as a Hispanic in his late teens with slight facial hair and short, dark brown hair. Witnesses tell police he had tattoos on his upper arm and possibly his chest.
He rode off on a black and white mountain bike.
Runner Julie Lawrance said the increased patrols make her feel safer, but she also said it's not the first time she's heard a story like this.
"I'm aware of another rape that happened shortly after I moved here along this stretch, and I think about it from time to time," she said.
Now she's making sure to be more alert than ever.
"I never run with headphones," Lawrance said. "I always try to keep an awareness of what's going on around me."
Bethel Orellana says she'll be doing the same.
"I'll probably look really good at the person walking by me to recognize them if they do something to me," she said.
And while police continue their efforts in tracking down the teen suspect, Orellana has the following advice.
"Be careful and be precautious and don't go too far away from people," she said.
The teen also robbed the woman stealing her pink can of mace and her cell phone. APD hopes someone may recognize these items and tip them off.
Because of the fire danger, most of the bosque is off-limits. People are only allowed on main trails.
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