Lakeville PD: Woman lured into woods and violently assaulted

The suspect was described as a male of an unknown race wearing a black stocking cap and a black COVID-style face mask.

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A woman was lured into the woods at a Lakeville park and violently assaulted on Saturday morning, and police are seeking anyone with information about the suspect.

The information was released in an alert by the Lakeville Police Department late Saturday afternoon. Police said the woman had been at East Lake Community Park located at 16700 Pilot Knob Road in Lakeville, Minnesota, around 11 a.m. when a man approached and said he needed help with someone who had fallen.

The victim went to help the suspect and was attacked by him. The woman was able to free herself and run for help.

The suspect was described as a male of an unknown race wearing a black stocking cap and a black COVID-style face mask. The suspect had sunglasses on and was also wearing a black jacket with black leather gloves.

The woman, who police say is in her 40s, was taken to an area hospital and evaluated for her injuries.

Until the suspect is identified, police are urging the public to take precautions when using East Lake Community Park.

  • Do not use the park alone.
  • Let a family member know where you will be and when you plan on returning home.
  • Bring your cellphone with you.
  • Report any suspicious activity or behavior immediately by calling 911.

The assault remains under investigation. The Lakeville Police Department has called in additional staffing and will be providing extra patrols in the surrounding area, the alert said.

Lakeville police are asking anyone with information they feel may be relevant to this case to contact Detective Scott Frame at 952-224-6732 or by e-mail at sframe@lakevillemn.gov.

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