Aurora police search for suspects who hit victims with boards on High Line Canal Trail in Highland Park neighborhood

Aurora police are investigating two incidents in which women were attacked by someone with a board while on the High Line Canal Trail in the Highland Park neighborhood.

Police have increased patrols in the area and are searching for suspects as well as any witnesses to the assaults.

The latest assault happened at about 6 a.m. Saturday near East First Avenue and Moline Street. A woman was attacked by a man as she was jogging on the trail, Aurora police said in a news release. The man hit the victim multiple times with a board, leaving her with serious injuries. She was transported to a hospital, police said.

The suspect is described as a Latino man in his 20s who appears to have an athletic build, is about 5-foot-7 and has short black hair. He was seen wearing a black shirt and black pants during the attack but later donned a grey sweatshirt and was riding a kid’s bike, according to police.

The earlier attack happened about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. A woman was riding her bike on the trail with her kids around East Second Avenue, the release stated. A man swung a 2-by-4 board at her, which hit her and knocked her off her bike. The woman and her kids escaped before calling police, and she was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The suspect in that assault is described as a black man who has curly hair and is about 6 feet tall, according to police. He was seen wearing a red shirt and black shorts at the time of the attack.

Anyone who sees either of the two men is asked not to talk to them and call 911 right away. Police request that anyone with information about the attacks email [email protected] or call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

Aurora police recommend following safety tips, including asking people to pay attention to their surroundings, avoid walking at night or in dimly lit areas, and to yell “fire” rather than “help” if they feel someone is watching them.

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