Questions Posted to "Ask a Dispatcher"
Q. Can you give more info on the recent assault in the Mendenhall Valley (of the woman walking home), such as where it took place?, vehicle description? I often walk my dog in the evenings, especially in the spring/summer. What was the assault? a beating or a sexual assault?
Dear Juneau Resident,
We have released all that is appropriate at this stage of the investigation. JPD recommends consistent vigilance rather than people increasing their awareness in response to certain type of vehicle,a person of a particular description, or an area.
If you think some is following or unusually interested in you when you are out with your dog it is always best to find a place of safety and go there. You may never know the person's intent but better safe than sorry. It is always safer to walk dogs during daylight and where you are visible to passersby. Also, avoid alcohol or drugs if you are going to be in a place where you are not positive you are safe.
Victims of assault who have not been drinking often talk about noticing a particular person watching them prior to an assault. These victims often continued about their activities because they didn't want to believe someone would hurt them for no apparent reason. It's important to trust your instincts!
People who assault others can and do easily move from one area to another in Juneau, change clothes, and sometimes cars. It is also common for descriptions by a victim to be off due to trauma, lighting, etc... Keep that in mind when descriptions are released and pay attention to suspicious behavior even if you have no other reason to suspect that person could be a threat.
Dogs can provide some deterrent to an assault if the dog will bark or act mean in response to an aggressive person. I know a labrador that is a love bug but can talk (bark) a big game.