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Missoula police looking for suspect in Tuesday assault
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Missoula police looking for suspect in Tuesday assault

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An image from the Missoula Police Department of the suspected vehicle. 

Missoula police are asking for help identifying a minivan after an alleged assault.

Officers responded to a report of a disturbance near the athletic fields at the 3000 block of South Avenue West on Tuesday morning around 11:30 a.m., according to a Facebook post from the Missoula Police Department on Thursday.

The complainant reported a 74-year-old man being assaulted by another unknown man who left the area in a dark-colored minivan toward South Avenue, according to the post.

Witnesses described seeing the suspect at the driver’s side window of the victim's vehicle repeatedly punching the victim.

The victim was transported to a hospital in an ambulance, the post said. The suspect is described as an adult male in his 40s with a stocky build, broad shoulders, short brown hair and bushy eyebrows.

An initial investigation into the case showed the suspect was following the victim before the assault occurred, Missoula County Detective Guy Baker told law enforcement.

The suspect is believed to have followed the victim west on South Third Street from Hawthorne Elementary School, then south on Clements Road, west on Mount Avenue, south on Humble Road, east on South Avenue and then south into the western entrance to the Fort Missoula Regional Park, according to the post.

Baker asks if anyone along the route the suspect traveled has surveillance footage that captured images of a dark-colored Dodge Caravan or Plymouth Voyager closely following a Nissan Sentra between 11:20 a.m. and 11:35 a.m. on Tuesday morning to please contact him at 406-552-6284.

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