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APD seeks sexual assault suspect

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A woman was taken and assaulted over the weekend and police need your help catching those who did it.

We don't know how or why, but Austin Police say a woman was walking alone at 3:15 a.m. Sunday morning.

"She saw a white Suburban type vehicle," said Officer Surei Scanlon with APD.

She was in the 1100 block of north I-35, near the east frontage road.

Scanlon said, "A white male came from the truck and asked her if she wanted a ride. She refused to take that ride and...forced her into the back seat of the vehicle."

That's when she tells police she saw there were two other men inside.

This is a still image Austin police call a "vehicle of interest."

"She was driven around to about the 600 block of North I-35, east frontage road. She was also assaulted inside the vehicle," said Scanlon.

"I carry a knife and pepper spray, just to protect myself," said Caitlin Durham, an Austin resident.

She says she's never had to use her weapons though.

Durham said, "I've had to pull it out before, you know, show off that I have it and then nothing's a problem, people walk away."

She also always walks with a friend.

Durham added, "I've had guys pull up and ask me if I want a ride and they'll be like, 'c'mon baby' and I'll be like, 'no.'"

Austin police recommend running, or screaming, if you find yourself in a similar situation. Anything that will draw attention to yourself.

Investigators hope to get someone's attention by sharing this picture of a white SUV.

They believe it may have been used in the assault.

The man suspected in this sex assault is described as a white man in his mid-30's, with an athletic build, brown hair and brown eyes.

No one is in custody at this time. If you were in the area in the early Sunday morning hours, and saw or heard anything suspicious, please call APD. Investigators believe this was an isolated incident.

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