FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- A search is under way for a man who attacked two female hikers with a knife.
The assault occurred about 11 a.m. Sunday in the Comanche Peak Wilderness area west of Fort Collins.
The hikers were on the Signal Mountain trail when a man attacked them. The Larimer County Sheriff said the assailant implied he was planning to sexually assault the women. The women were able to fight him off with a walking stick.
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One of the hikers suffered cuts on her hands and shoulder and was taken to Poudre Valley Hospital. Sheriff Jim Alderden said her injuries required stitches.
SWAT teams and Larimer County sheriff's deputies are canvassing the area and have set up roadblocks. A K-9 unit was called in Monday morning to help in the search for the attacker, as well.“This is almost an unheard of incident in this remote area. It's a hiking trail, very remote, right adjacent to the wilderness. To have an assailant jump out from behind the trees and take on two women with intentions to sexually assault them, this is a very dangerous individual," said Alderden.
Investigators are continuing to interview everyone in the area, including hunters who frequent the trail this time of year.
The man they are looking for was described as "husky" and about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He had a salt-and-pepper ponytail and was wearing grayish camouflage clothing and a mask, the women said.
He may have cuts and abrasions from the walking stick, according to police.
Authorities urge the public to take extra precaution.
"No matter where you're at, what you're doing, it's always good to have a companion with you. I hesitate to think what would have happened if one of these women would have been by themselves. So, be prepared. Be on the lookout. This is the last place you'd expect something like this to happen,” Alderden said.