MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — The San Rafael Police Department announced Thursday afternoon that it was searching for a suspect who attempted sexual assault. After a five-hour search, 33-year-old San Rafael resident Connor John Hanley was arrested in connection to an incident that took place that morning.
SRPD received a call from a female hiker in the Boyd Park Open Space, according to police. She reported a male suspect was threatening and following her on the hike.
An investigation determined Hanley, who the victim did not know, physically grabbed her and threatened to assault her sexually. The victim was able to escape and call police.
When officers located Hanley at the scene, he refused to comply with police orders. Police said Hanley threw a rock at an officer, and a foot chase ensued. However, Hanley was able to escape, hide behind brush and was no longer seen by police.
A police perimeter was then established to help with the search. A five-hour-long search ensued, which involved SRPD Officers, a K-9 Unit, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and the California Highway Patrol’s Helicopter.
Around 5 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Culloden Park neighborhood where Hanley was reportedly located. Police arrested Hanley and took him into custody without further incident.
Hanley was booked into Marin County Jail on charges including assault with a deadly weapon, and resisting an officer.
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The suspect was initially described to be a 35-year-old white man, 6-foot-1, 177 pounds with blond hair and green eyes.
Residents were advised to avoid Robert Dollar Open Space, Boyd Park, San Rafael Elks Lodge and Falkirk Cultural Center when the police perimeter was set up. Police said the suspect was not believed to be armed but should be considered dangerous.