Police release sketch of I-35 roadside assault suspect


Carlton County officials have released a sketch of the suspect who sexually assaulted a Good Samaritan along Interstate 35 near Esko on Feb. 3, according to WCCO.

The woman stopped to help a motorist but instead was attacked by him, and authorities are asking for the public’s help to find the assailant.

The woman was driving north on I-35 near Esko between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Feb. 3 when she saw a vehicle parked on the shoulder. She pulled over to see if the driver needed any assistance, according to a statement from the Carlton County Sheriff’s office.

Instead, the man physically and sexually assaulted her and then drove away, according to FOX9.

The victim described her assailant as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s. He had a medium build, short beard and short brown hair. He was wearing a black Carhartt hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black work boots, according to the sheriff.

The vehicle was described as a Ford F-150 extended cab pickup truck, possibly a 2003, with black matte paint and larger black matte color wheels along with low-profile tires.

The sheriff’s department released a photo of a truck that looks similar to the one involved (shown here).

The sheriff asks anyone who has information about the suspect or the vehicle to call 218-384-9520.

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