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Police urge caution after jogger attacked

Coeur d'Alene police are warning women to take extra caution while exercising outdoors after a jogger said she was assaulted Sunday morning.

The 29-year-old woman was jogging on a dirt road in the 6700 block of N. Courcelles Way when a man pushed her down, then grabbed her left shoulder and head and turned her toward him, police announced today. The area is on the north side of Skyway Elementary School, north of the soccer field and east of a cluster of trees.

The woman stood up and hit the man several times. He ran away when a car approached, police said. The woman scrapped her knees and the palm of her hand.

The assailant is described as white, 20 to 30 years old, 6-foot-2 with an average build. He had short, dark brown hair was unshaven and wore a yellow shirt and red running shorts.

Police don't know if the attack was sexually motivated but "due to the aggressiveness" of the attack, they're urging women to take precaution.

Anyone with information on the attack is asked to call Coeur d'Alene police at (208) 769-2320.

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