BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police say they are looking for a man who allegedly attempted to sexually assault a woman this past week in Delaware Park.
According to police, the attempted sexual assault occurred on Tuesday, just after 8 p.m.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said Saturday that a female victim reported that she had been walking a path alongside Hoyt Lake, near the corkscrew pedestrian bridge, in Delaware Park when a Black male, reportedly riding a black and silver mountain bike, asked the woman for the time, then rode away.
Moments later as the woman approached the bridge, the male got up from a bench and pulled her off the path, pushed her down and attempted to sexually assault her. They say the victim screamed for help and another man came to her aid, and the male then fled on the mountain bike.
As a result, police patrols, including foot patrols, have been increased in the area.
“You absolutely should be able to go out for a run, a walk, anything without fear,” Gramaglia said. “And we’re going to do all we can to ensure the safety of everybody out there.”
According to Gramaglia, the man continued westbound on the bike path, but it is unknown where he went. Police are working on obtaining images to aid in identifying the man.
Gramaglia said the woman was not seriously injured and that she made it safely to another location with the man who came to her aid, called a ride home and reported the alleged attempted assault to police.
Gramaglia also said police are looking to speak with the “good Samaritan” who helped the woman so that they can get a statement and move the investigation forward. That person is asked to call BPD’s tip line or go to a police station.
Anyone with any information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 716-847-2255 or call 911.