RIGA, N.Y. (WROC) — Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a man who they say physically assaulted a teenager Wednesday.
Officials say the 14-year-old girl was running on a trail bordering Churchville Park in Riga Wednesday between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. when she was physically attacked and assaulted by the suspect.
She did not have a cell phone on her.
The victim described the suspect as a male of medium complexion wearing a sleeveless or short-sleeved shirt.
Officials say after the teen girl was assaulted, she returned home to call 911. After speaking with the victim and her family, authorities launched a full-scale investigation, setting up a perimeter of the area, and using K9s, drones, and a helicopter in their search efforts.
The girl was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Captain Samuel Bell of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office offered safety advice for those jogging in wooded areas:
“I would say just be aware of your surroundings, take note of who you pass on the trail, and where you are…it’s always a good idea to have some form of communication with you,” he said.
Sheriff Todd Baxter commented on the impact on the community and the ongoing investigation in Riga.
“When something like this occurs, in a small community like this, there’s no stone left unturned,” said Baxter, “Can’t emphasize enough, people in small communities like this see things, that they might not think was essential, you know, last night, this morning whatever…it’s time to call the police.”
Authorities urge anyone with information regarding the incident to call 911.