ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - There is a serious warning for people who recreate through Albuquerque's Bosque. Officials say a woman, who was there looking for someone, was raped by a stranger near one of the main trails and the suspect is now on the loose.
APD says the victim, who's in her 40's, was assaulted just before 6 p.m. on Sunday evening along the levy trail. Police say the woman was about one mile up the trail, north of the parking lot at Tingley Boulevard and Central Avenue in Albuquerque. They say the man robbed the victim at knifepoint, then raped her.
For the thousands of people who use Albuquerque's Bosque trails everyday, there's likely a mutual feeling.
"It's nerve-racking, you know?" said Amanda Schmidt, a woman who jogs through the Bosque often.
Police say the assault happened as the victim was looking for someone. The woman told police she walked off the main levy road path toward the edge of the Rio Grande and was confronted near the water. The victim told police that a man around 16 to 19-years-old held her-up with a knife and demanded cash.
According to Albuquerque Police, when the woman tried to reason with the man and didn't give her money, he then beat her up and raped her. Police say the suspect got away with the victim's cell phone and a pink can of mace.
A frequent Bosque jogger, Amanda Schmidt says she's never had problems on the trail, but this changes thoughts for her.
"To hear a story like that is different than just seeing random people, you know, makes it more real I think," said Schmidt.
She says she'll consider more precautions now in order to keep safe.
"Makes me want to carry something to protect myself, you know, I think that's a lot of people's first thought it either mace or concealed carriers license," said Schmidt.
Another Bosque user, Hilary Johnson, says stories like this are the reason she doesn't go many places alone.
"Well definitely I think I'll probably just pay more attention, we're usually pretty aware of the area around us, just paying more attention looking around at places where people could be," said Johnson.
Amanda, who sometimes jogs by herself says it's probably something she will think twice about in the future.
"I would just tell people to be cautious, either run with a group of people or like I said earlier, have a way to protect yourself," said Schmidt.
APD says the male suspect is described as a 16 to 19-year-old Hispanic male with a mustache and short dark hair. He was last seen wearing a white tank top and dark shorts. He was also carrying a black backpack. Witnesses say he possibly had tattoos on his arms and chest. He also left the scene with the victim's cell phone and pink can of mace.
According to police, the victim was treated Sunday evening for minor injuries and screened for sexual assault evidence.
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