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Assault on a BE trail near I-90 rest area

By Staff | Aug 5, 2018

The Faribault County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a case of a woman from Texas reporting being assaulted near the eastbound rest area on I-90 near Blue Earth.

The report came in at 4:12 p.m. on Friday, July 27. As of Thursday, Aug. 2, there were no new developments or arrests made in the case.

The 43-year-old woman from Corpus Christi, Texas, stated she had been walking on the trail south of the rest stop (towards the city of Blue Earth) when she encountered an unknown male who attempted to grab her, according to a report last Monday from the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman was able to fight off the male and return to the rest area and call 911, according to the information. Deputies from the sheriff’s department were manning their booth at the Faribault County Fair and were able to quickly respond to the call, but were not able to locate the suspect. The male was described as 5-feet-11 or 6-feet tall with a muscular build. He had numerous tattoos with one being a scorpion on his right forearm.

The area was searched by the K-9 unit and from the air by the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter.

Sheriff Mike Gormley reported that evidence at the scene, including DNA was collected and is being evaluated as the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office continues investigating the incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office.

The Faribault County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Blue Earth, Fairmont and Winnebago police departments and the Minnesota State Patrol.