Anchorage police are seeking bike-riding rape suspect

Casey Grove

Anchorage police are looking for a sexual assault suspect who hopped off his bike, grabbed a woman he didn't know and raped her in a wooded area of Government Hill early Tuesday.

The 23-year-old woman was walking toward downtown about 1 a.m., police said. As she approached the couplet bridge that joins A and C streets, the man dropped his green bike and dragged her into some woods, where he sexually assaulted her, said Sgt. Ken McCoy. The woman broke free and flagged down a passing motorist while the man ran away, McCoy said.

"The majority of the sexual assaults that we investigate, the suspect is known to the victim. We have very few stranger sexual assaults," McCoy said.

A police dog tracked the suspect to the nearby railroad yard, where it lost his scent, McCoy said. Police are analyzing the man's DNA, found on the victim, and he'd left his bicycle behind, the police sergeant said.

"It's a very distinctive bike," McCoy said. "Somebody, maybe somebody who knows him, has seen him riding this bike around."

Police photos of the bike show a green frame with rags tied to it, knobby tires and front suspension, and a taped seat with a local pizza company's logo on it.

The victim described her attacker as an Alaska Native in his late 20s, with short wavy, black hair, standing about 5 feet, 9 inches, police said. The man had an average build and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Anchorage police at 786-8900.

Anchorage Daily News