Provo man arrested after attack on trail

2009-10-26T00:10:00Z 2010-09-08T09:03:53Z Provo man arrested after attack on trailJoe Pyrah - Daily Herald Daily Herald
October 26, 2009 12:10 am  • 

Police have a arrested a Provo man they say launched a long-planned sexual assault.

An 18-year-old woman was running on the Provo River Trail near 840 North and 1300 West on Saturday night when she was attacked from behind. The woman said she felt a chemical-soaked cloth put over her mouth, but she managed to scream for help and the person fled. Moments later Michael Workman, 25, ran up to the woman, telling her he had a chased off the attacker.

He loaned her his cell phone to call 911 and helped her to a nearby home. Police arrived at the home and took the two to the police station where things got "very unusual."

"He basically admitted it once he got to the police department," Provo Sgt. Shane Sorensen said of Workman.

Workman confessed that he had planned for some time to launch a sexual attack, though Sorensen said he didn't know the woman he attacked.

"It's just a very unusual situation." said Sorensen, who added that police don't know yet what chemical was used with the rag.

Workman was arrested on one count each of aggravated kidnapping and attempted rape though formal charges have yet to be filed. He has no previous arrests.

The area of the trail where the jogger was attacked is between Riverside and Paul Ream parks.

"It's very popular," Sorensen said. "There's a lot of people who walk and jog there."

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