UPDATE: Suspect in custody regarding East River Trail assault case in De Pere

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MONDAY 10/18/2021 4: 53 p.m.

DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV)- The De Pere Police Department has released new details regarding an ongoing assault investigation.

The alleged incident originally occurred on Tuesday, October 5, where a woman was assaulted near the East River Trail.

Local Law Enforcement, alongside the State Crime Laboratory, have identified a suspect for the alleged incident. The DPP has taken the suspect into custody but is currently not releasing the individual’s name. The name is being held pending a formal charging decision from the District Attorney’s Office.

Local Law Enforcement says they will release additional information when charges have formally been filed. Local Five will update this story as new details become available.

ORIGINAL STORY: ‘This is a complex case’: De Pere Police provide update on East River Trail assault case

WEDNESDAY 10/13/2021 12:34 p.m.

DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – The De Pere Police Department is still investigating an assault that happened on the East River Trail on Oct. 5

According to the De Pere Police Department, on Oct. 5 around 11:30 a.m., authorities responded to the East River Trail near Tenmile Drive for a missing woman. When authorities arrived they found the woman near the trail.

Authorities say that the woman was the victim of an assault and was later transported to a local hospital. The focus of the investigation is confirming the identity of the suspect. The case is reportedly ‘complex’ and the De Pere Police Department says they are continuing to work with the crime lab to process evidence.

The De Pere Police Department is asked everyone to respect the victim’s right to privacy. It was also mentioned that the victim’s actions were ‘nothing short of courageous.’

The victim is reportedly out of the hospital and recovering with family.

There was no further information provided, Local 5 will continue to update this story.

UPDATE: De Pere Police are investigating an assault on the East River Trail

DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – The attack of a woman with her baby in broad daylight on the East River Trail in De Pere has left some community members shaken while the police try to track down the assailant.

Captain Jeremy Muraski of the De Pere Police Department said, “You should be able to walk along a city park or trail in broad daylight without having to worry about this sort of thing.”

The department said they became involved in searching for the woman after her husband called the police when she did not return from a walk with their child.

“In a situation like this, we obviously want to make sure we’re doing a thorough search for any evidence that may be located on that trail,” said Muraski.

He said they processed evidence from the scene and will likely send some to the state for analysis. They do not believe the victim knew the attacker.

“We’re certainly looking to see if we have any additional witnesses,” said Muraski. “We’ve spoken with a couple but of anyone else in that area would have any additional information we’d ask them to come forward.”

Local Five talked to De Pere community members throughout the day, one said they were not surprised saying they heard of other instances of crime on trails prior to this.

There were a few people still using the trail at dusk to walk their dogs while others say they are going to avoid the area in order to stay safe.

Muraski said, “We would advise caution. I certainly wouldn’t advise anyone walking those areas in hours of darkness and again even until we know that we have the person of interest that we’re looking for. I would definitely advise people to travel in groups.”

The department said the mother survived and the baby was not hurt.

TUESDAY 10/05/2021 3:20 p.m.

DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV)- The De Pere Police Department is investigating an assault of a woman on the East River Trail.

Police were initially called to the area after the husband of the victim called asking for help locating her because she had not returned from a walk with their baby.

Upon investigating the area, the husband discovered his baby on the trail by itself. Officers then discovered the mother who they say was around 40-50 yards away.

Officials said the woman was assaulted early in the morning on Tuesday, October 5th and authorities currently believe there was a single assailant.

The DPP said at this point in the investigation that there is no connection between the victim and the suspect.

Officers are still canvassing the area at this time and explained that part of the trail is still closed to the public.

Anyone with relevant information regarding this incident is urged to contact the De Pere Police Department (920) 339-8070. Local Five will update this story as new details become available.

ORIGINAL STORY: HAPPENING NOW: Police presence in De Pere suburb

TUESDAY 10/05/2021 1:31 p.m.

DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – Police are in the area of an East De Pere suburb for an unknown incident.

According to the authorities, there is a police presence in the East River Trail area near East De Pere. There will be more information released around 3 p.m.

There was no further information provided at this time.

Local 5 has a reporter on the scene, and will continue to update this story.

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