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Police seek public’s help identifying men who sexually assaulted woman on Morristown hiking trial

UPDATE: “As a result of a coordinated effort between law enforcement agencies, the public, and the media, two persons-of-interest were detained this afternoon. This occurred just a few hours after a press conference was held and composite sketch released. The investigation remains active and there will be additional information as soon as available,” the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday.

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Authorities are looking for two men who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman on a Morristown hiking trial, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.

On May 3, at around 3:41 p.m., a female was on the Traction Line Recreation Trail in Morristown and two men approached her and asked for money, Carroll said.

When the female did not provide money, one of the men pushed the victim to the ground and sexually assaulted her while the other man stood by. Thereafter, both suspects fled the area, Carroll said.

The suspects were unknown to the victim, Carroll said.

One suspect is described as a Hispanic male with black hair, approximately 20-years-old, last seen wearing a white polo shirt and blue jeans. The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20-years-old, last seen wearing a black hat, black hoodie sweatshirt with white lettering on the back, and black pants.  One of the suspects was also seen riding a bicycle, Carroll said.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at 973-285-6200, the Morristown Bureau of Police at 973-538-2200 or Morris County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-SHERIFF (743-7433) or 973-COP-CALL (267-2255).

Anyone reporting information may remain anonymous. Information on how to submit an anonymous tip can be found on the CrimeStoppers Program website. CrimeStoppers tips can be provided by phone, submitting online or downloading the app (P3 TIPS).

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