Police seek man in sexual assault

Woman reports being attacked in the parking garage off Chapel Street.

City police this afternoon were looking for a suspect in a noontime downtown sexual assault, police said.

Police received a call around 12:15 p.m. from a woman reporting an assault in the parking garage off Chapel Street, police spokesman Lt. Brian Kilcullen said.

She told police she was approached by a man, they exchanged words and she was attacked, Kilcullen said.

The man was described as white, in his 30s, wearing a tan jacket and green hat. He was last seen on foot going west on State Street from Lafayette Street.

The report sent officers and detectives to the scene and around downtown. Evidence technicians could be seen on Chapel Street early this afternoon.

At one point, police cars converged just west of Broadway and State Street for a man who matched the description, but that sighting was apparently unfounded.

Kilcullen noted police were still in the early stages of their investigation, but he said they don’t believe the attack was the work of any kind of serial rapist.

The attack was reported in a parking garage near the MVP building, though not a garage affiliated with the company.

MVP spokesman Gary Hughes said police were in touch with the company about the incident. Police advised them they would have increased presence in the area.

Officials, in turn, relayed that information to employees via e-mail. MVP security was also expected to pay extra attention to their own garage.

The company also reminded employees that anyone wanting an escort to their car could get one, a service Hughes said is offered whenever someone feels its needed.

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