Sketch released of man accused of attacking jogger in Leesburg

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LEESBURG, Fla. —

Police said a man who attacked a female jogger in Leesburg in broad daylight is still on the run.

Authorities released a composite sketch of the man following the attack on Tuesday at the Sleepy Hollow Recreation Complex off Hollow Lane.

According to investigators, the victim was jogging through the complex when the man lunged at her and pulled her down to the ground.

The victim began screaming and the attacker threatened to kill her if she didn't stop, police said.

The woman was able to break free and run from her attacker, who is described as a black man between 17 and 19 years old with chubby cheeks and a medium build.

Police said the man was wearing all black at the time of the attack and fled toward nearby baseball fields.

Runner Kyle Santiago told Channel 9 he wasn't happy to hear someone was attacked in his quiet neighborhood.

"I'd be pretty scared," he said. "Football, baseball, there's always a lot of kids around here. God forbid the guy had a gun."

Channel 9's Deneige Brook asked police why they didn't release the sketch earlier. Officials said it was because they had officers in their cars watching the park and others watching in plain clothes hoping to catch the suspect in the act.

Investigators had leads but said those didn't get them far in their search.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Leesburg Police Department.