Jefferson County Sheriff Warns of Sexual Predator Targeting Hikers

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) has issued a public safety alert concerning an unnamed, at-large sexual predator focusing his attacks on female hikers in the Conifer and Evergreen area. As of today, deputies have received seven separate reports of incidents involving a male suspect accosting women hiking alone.

Flying J Ranch Park and Alderfer Three Sisters Park have emerged as focal points for the predator’s activities, with multiple instances of increasingly aggressive sexual misconduct recorded since April 3rd. The suspect, who is often naked during these confrontations, initiated his wave of assaults by approaching a woman and touching her inappropriately before fleeing the scene. Despite immediate attempts by law enforcement to locate the man, he has eluded capture to date.

A marked escalation in the suspect’s behavior was noted on June 13th when he masturbated in front of a female victim. This criminal trend culminated on July 18th with three separate encounters in a single day. During these incidents, the man fondled two victims, masturbated, and engaged in explicit sexual dialogue. The suspect’s most recent assault occurred on July 24th, during which he attempted to forcibly remove a woman’s clothing while masturbating.

The at-large predator is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s with a fit or athletic build and dark-colored hair. Witnesses have reported him carrying a dark-colored backpack in some instances. After each assault, the suspect has been able to escape capture by running off into the woods.

The JCSO is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect and discovering any other potential victims who have yet to come forward. The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with additional information to call 303-271-0211 immediately.

In light of these events, the JCSO has issued several safety tips for hikers in the area:

Safety Tips:

  1. Hike in Groups: Always try to hike with a friend or family member. There’s safety in numbers.

  2. Stay on the Trail: Do not venture off the established paths. This not only helps to protect the environment but also makes you less vulnerable.

  3. Carry a Phone: Always take a fully charged phone with you for emergencies and potential photo evidence.

  4. Be Aware of Your Surroundings: Keep an eye on those around you and be vigilant about your environment.

  5. Report Suspicious Behavior: If you see anything out of the ordinary, report it immediately. Prompt reporting can aid law enforcement in preventing or solving crimes.

The JCSO has pledged its continued vigilance in this matter and remains committed to bringing the suspect to justice, ensuring the safety and well-being of all community members.

Alex Derr, Founder of The Next Summit

Alex Derr is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.

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