Police Searching for Sexual Assault Suspect

Suspect in attempted sexual assault. (Courtesy: Des Moines Police)

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Police are looking for a man they believe tried to sexually assault a gas station clerk early Sunday morning.

The incident happened at the QuikTrip at SW 9th and Army Post Road at approximately 3:30 a.m. According to police, a man tried grabbing the clerk as she was stocking shelves. He forced her to the ground and violently attempted to sexually assault her. When the woman resisted, the suspect fled the store, traveling westbound on Army Post.

Des Moines police posted surveillance images of the suspect, as well as the red SUV he was driving. Since the victim resisted during the incident, officials also say the suspect will likely have noticeable facial injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact law enforcement.