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Missoula police are asking the public to stay alert while on the Kim Williams Trail after a woman reported being assaulted by a transient man while running on Saturday.

Sgt. James Caton said shortly before 6 p.m., Missoula Police Department officers responded to a report of a female who said a man grabbed her from behind while she was running east on the trail near the University of Montana campus.

The woman was able to get away from the man and ran away. She was uninjured.

Missoula police were unable to locate the alleged assaulter, who is described as a 25- to 35-year-old white male with a light colored beard and brown hair. He was not wearing shoes at the time, had torn jeans and either a red, orange or pink cast or bandage wrap on one arm.

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Caton said the police have seen an increase in activity around the Kim Williams Trail in recent weeks, and are planning to increase patrols in the area. He said anyone using the trail should be cautious.

Missoula police are investigating the incident. Anyone with more information should call 9-1-1 or Missoula Crimestoppers at 721-4444.

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