The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a man in connection with an alleged sexual assault, possibly along Blue Mountain Road.
Missoula County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Johnson said a 27-year-old woman reported that after she left Boomer’s bar “very intoxicated” on Tuesday night, a man approached her and offered her a ride home.
But instead, he stopped at a parking area and started making sexual advances, the woman told authorities. The woman told him no and also said she had a boyfriend – whereupon he “became angry, opened the door, shoved her out the door … and kicked her in the stomach,” Johnson said.
The woman told authorities she wasn’t sure where she was, but that there were trees and a trail, and she could hear a river, Johnson said. The woman reported that she was lost in the woods for a while, and that “an unknown Samaritan” picked her up at about 4 a.m. and gave her a ride to her boyfriend’s house, he said. That person told the woman she was on Blue Mountain Road, he said.
The woman was treated at the First Step clinic, where an exam showed a bruise on her upper thigh “similar to four fingers,” Johnson said. The woman told police the man grabbed her leg. She also had a small injury on her left hand and redness on both knees, he said.
The woman described her alleged assailant as about 5 feet, 11 inches tall, in his mid-20s and “chunky.” She thought his name might have been Paul, Johnson said.
A law enforcement review of surveillance tapes from Boomer’s showed the woman getting up from her seat, stumbling, and leaving through the casino at about 11:40 p.m. One minute later, a man got up and left through the front door and, once outside, turn toward the casino, Johnson said.
Deputies also are reviewing credit and debit card receipts from Boomer’s, he said.
Missoulian reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5240, firstname.lastname@example.org or @CopsAndCourts.