Woman fends off attacker at 33rd & Colfax

Police said an unknown man followed an adult woman walking near 33rd & Colfax on Saturday, March 26, and pushed her to the ground.

The woman told police she screamed and fought the man off with her umbrella, and he fled the scene. The woman was not injured and nothing was stolen, police said, and the motivation for the attack is not known. The incident occurred at about 5:40 p.m.

Police described the suspect as a white male with dirty blond hair, a height between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, age 20-30, wearing a green hoodie.

Anyone with information can call the Tips Line at 692-8477 or text MPD and the tip to 847411 (Tip 411). The case number is 16-105969.

Uptown neighborhoods are co-sponsoring a free personal safety and robbery prevention workshop on Thursday, March 31.

Speakers include Crime Prevention Specialist Chelsea Adams and Mary Brandl, a self-defense educator and fourth degree black belt. Brandl will speak about how to recognize a potential attacker and discuss the roles that body language, tone of voice, eye contact and assertiveness can play in averting trouble.

The workshop will run from 6:30-8 p.m. at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave. S. Free childcare, beverages and pizza are provided.