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Police ask for public's help after sex assault near CT beach

Posted August 3

— Police are searching for the man responsible for a sex assault near a beach in Connecticut on Tuesday morning.

The alleged sexual assault took place at Jennings Beach around 11:45 a.m. The incident happened when a woman was walking on a path that leads from Jennings Beach to the parking lot.

"Very uncharacteristic to have an incident to occur at the beach area, let alone in the town in Fairfield, but specifically at that time of day, that beach is very crowded," Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara said. "It's one of the busiest beaches in the area."

The victim came into the Fairfield Police Department later that day to report it.

"The mere fact that somebody would commit an act like this, in such a populated area, is certainly a concern of ours," MacNamara said.

Police described the suspect as a 19-year-old man, who was 5'10" to 6', with a medium complexion and an average build. The man was believed to be wearing a bright red t-shirt, zip-fly shorts, and beige sandals. The suspect in the sexual assault was seen walking on Jennings Beach with two other black men before the incident.

Following the incident, patrols have increased in that area.

Police are asking beach goers to check their phones and social media. Investigators want to see if they were taking any pictures at the beach on Wednesday and maybe have the suspect in the background.

"What we're really asking people to do is that if they were there yesterday during that time frame, those are the questions we want to know," MacNamara said. "Did you hear anything, did you see anything, check your phones, again, check with other people to see if there is anything suspicious, or out of the ordinary that you might have seen or heard."

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Fairfield Police Detective Bureau at 203-254-4840, or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637).

"Unbelievable, totally shocked. We've been coming down here for years, never heard anything like that before," Pat Schutte, of Monroe, said.

Beachgoers said it's something that will stay in the back of their minds.

"Definitely be more aware of my surroundings and always have a buddy," Mckenzie Strang, of Danbury, said.

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