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Sketch of suspect released

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BRECKENRIDGE – Police have compiled a composite sketch of a man who allegedly assaulted a Littleton woman Sept. 18 in a stairwell at the Great Divide Lodge in Breckenridge.He is described as an Hispanic male, about 5-foot-7, about 25 years old with an athletic build.According to Breckenridge police Detective Rich Watson, the woman had just gotten off the elevator on the sixth floor of the hotel and was walking to the next elevator that would continue to the floor on which she was staying.

She was walking down the hallway with her 5-year-old daughter when the suspect suddenly appeared in front of them from out of a stairwell. He pushed the woman to the ground in the stairwell and touched her on the outside of her bathing suit. He then fled the scene.The woman ran to her room and called 911.”The little girl was really upset,” Watson said. “She thought mommy was getting murdered. Fortunately, it was over quickly and the suspect fled.”

Police thought they had a suspect in the incident, but he was ruled out in a photo line-up.This is the first reported sexual assault the Breckenridge Police Department has had this year. The department received only one last year, as well. Watson said the department usually gets about six each year.He believes assaults might be occurring and people aren’t reporting them. And he blames it on the Kobe Bryant rape case, which was dismissed earlier this month. In that case, the woman who accused the basketball star of rape was the brunt of media attention and jokes.

“We wouldn’t treat people that way,” Watson said.Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Rich Watson at (970) 453-2941. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Summit County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-453-STOP. Tipsters can be eligible for an award up to $1,000.

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