A young girl sexually assaulted in Ashland on Sunday has residents on edge and police searching for a suspect tonight.
Police are concerned by the the rate of these sexual attacks. Investigators across the valley are trying to find a several different suspects responsible for a several different sexual assaults and rapes. Sunday, a young girl in her teens was walking alone in the middle of the night, when she was attacked and sexually assaulted on the rail road tracks near Shamrock Lane in Ashland. Police have yet to release a sketch of the six foot man who wears a scruffy beard, heavy jacket and a backpack. A description too broad to allow police to find the person. Another problem is that these assaults are happening at a higher rate. In talent police are searching for a man who fits this description after a woman was raped last week while she was walking alone at night.There's more. Back in February, Ashland police investigated three reported attacks. One happened here at the intersection of California and Iowa streets, where a woman said two men pulled her into a bush and tried taking off her clothes. Two days before that, a woman told police that she was attacked while sitting on a bench.
She was able to get away. But some residents can't escape the fear, knowing that no suspects have been caught. Police in Ashland say they use a system that doesn't put pressure on sexual assault victims. They also say not everyone is willing to report a rape or sexual assault which has been the reason they did not investigate two of the four total in recent weeks in Ashland. Police are working on a sketch of for this recent case but did not say when or if they will release it to the public.