Police say a barking dog may have scared away an assailant who sexually assaulted a woman in Saugus Tuesday evening.

Saugus police say the suspect attacked a woman who was running with her dog on Nason Road. The man, according to police, grabbed the woman by the hair, pushed her into a tree, told her he was armed with a knife and instructed her not to scream.


The assailant then grabbed her chest and genitals and struck her in the face, according to police. The victim's dog then began to bark, which caused other neighborhood dogs to bark. This, according to a statement from Saugus Police, "may have spooked the suspect, because he ran away."

The victim described the suspect as tall, thin and wearing a long-sleeved red shirt, dark pants which were possibly jeans and white sneakers.

Police K-9 units searched the area but weren't able to locate the suspect.

An investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information bout the crime is encouraged to call Saugus Police at 781-941-1199 or the anonymous tip line at 781-231-4037.
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