The Flagstaff Police Department released a description of a suspect Friday who officials say assaulted a female jogger last Sunday in the area of Izabel Street and Sixth Avenue.

In response, police officials say that officers will now increase their presence on the urban trail system.

According to information from police, the woman had just finished her jog on April 28 shortly before 8 p.m. and was walking back to the trailhead when a man attacked her from behind.

The woman started screaming and was able to fight him off. The suspect ran northwest on the trail, which continues up McMillan Mesa. The case is being investigated as attempted sexual abuse.

The man is described as a Hispanic or Native American male, between 5-feet, 10-inches and 6-feet tall and between the ages of 20 and 25. He was wearing long, black athletic shorts and a white, shirtsleeve shirt and had a medium build and with short, black spiked hair.

The victim was out of town for several days after the incident, but when detectives followed up with her, investigators determined the attack was attempted sexual abuse, an official said.

Officials are asking anyone with information about the suspect to contact the Flagstaff Police Department at 774-1414 or coconino

Eric Betz can be reached at 556-2250 or

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