Woman Reports Rape At Riley Co. Park

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Riley County, KAN. (WIBW) -- A Manhattan woman says a late night stroll by the water at Tuttle Creek Cove Park left her the victim of a sexual assault.

The 30-year-old woman tells police she was out for a walk by herself in the park Saturday night between 11-11:30 PM when a stranger came up from behind her and raped her.

She called 911 shortly after midnight and tells police she did not get a good look at her attacker.

Police say the woman was not camping at the park and that she could not provide them with any more details on her assault. The address of the reported rape is listed as 6500 Tuttle Cove Road, which is the main road that runs through the park, operated by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Riley County officials tell WIBW there's no reason to believe this case is connected to recent attacks at Frank Anneberg Park in Manhattan.

Between May 26-May 29, three women reported being approached from behind and inappropriately touched and groped by a man hiding along the park's walking trail.

All three incidents happened between 9 AM and 10:30 AM and the victims range in age from 27 to 77 years old. The women were walking or jogging on the trail and were touched when they were out of view from other people at the park.

So far, no other incidents have been reported at Anneberg Park. An arrest has not been made. The cases are being investigated as sexual battery. According to police, the suspect is believed to be a tall, thin black man 5'6"-5'10" and possibly between the ages of 17 to 22. Police say he ran away after groping each of the victims.

Riley County Police urge folks not to walk alone in remote areas, especially after dark. They encourage visitors at local parks to exercise in pairs, be aware of their surroundings and call 911 if they notice anyone crouching in the tree line.