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Police work to identify suspect who attacked jogger while nude

Updated: Saturday, August 30, 2014
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Police are trying to track down a man they say attacked a female jogger while naked.

It happened near Riverside Drive and Golden Avenue, around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Miranda Oswald tells Newschannel 3 that that she refused to be a victim on Wednesday night.

"I try to stay fit and stay healthy and stay strong, and that's what he tried to take away from me," she said. "He tried to take my power as a woman, when you do a sexual act like that, and I need to take that control back."

The 30-year-old told investigators she had been attacked while jogging alone by a naked man on a trail near the corner of Riverside Drive and Golden Avenue in Battle Creek.

"I'm just screaming as loud as I could, punching him, like, get this guy off me; that's your response, get off of me," Oswald said.

The trail is in the open, and there's only one light in the area. Oswald believes the suspect had been laying in the grass, waiting for someone to attack.

"I didn't hear him coming up breathing behind me, he said nothing, like, he made no sounds when I was defending myself," she said. "I was punching him and he made no sounds, and he got up and ran away."

The area is only yards away from a school--a trail used by families and children. Oswald says she fears another attack on someone else, and for now, doesn't feel safe to run there by herself.

"I'm going to find a different route, I'm going to have a running partner with me, I'm going to take some self-defense classes, and learn how to handle myself better if something else happens again," Oswald said.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, around 5'4" or 5'5" tall, weighing around 160 to 170 pounds, with short, dark hair.

Sources also tell Newshcannel 3 that another incident happened in recent months involving a man fitting the same description.

He was apparently touching himself in public, near Piper Park.

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