Concerned Gilbert residents meet with police over attempted sexual assault

Concerned neighbors met with the Gilbert Police Chief Tuesday after an attempted sexual assault at a community pool over the weekend. (3/8/16)

- It was nearly a packed house in the auditorium at the Higley Unified School District on Tuesday night.

Gilbert police held a meeting for concerned residents, who were hoping to find more answers in the search for a man suspected of trying to sexually assault a 14-year-old girl at a park early Saturday morning.

"Just to get information and to see if anything was already found out as far as him being caught, or if there's anything that we can do other than what we're trying to do," Nolan Sanders said.

The teen was sitting in a park near Recker and Pecos on Saturday morning when she says the suspect tried to sexually assault her.

Police have released a sketch of the suspect, describing the man as in his 40's, about 5'8" to 5'10" and about 200 pounds.

Residents near the park admit they are on edge.

"Does it concern you that this person is still out there?" Fox 10's Marc Martinez asked.

"Very much so, yeah, very much so," Felicia Bailey said. "It's actually pretty scary."

Police chief Tim Dorn says getting the information they have out to the public is critical in trying to catch the suspect.

"The more eyes and ears that we have out there in the community helping us to solve this crime, the better chance we have of success in bringing this person to justice," he said.


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