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Police Name Suspect in Jogger Sex Assault

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    Police are looking with a man in connection with the sexual assault of a female jogger in West Hartford early on the morning of Oct. 27.

    After three weeks of investigating, police are looking for Eddie Monroig-Rosario, 31, who also goes by Eric Rosario-Romera.

    Forensic evidence lead police to name Rosario as a suspect in the assault, which happened while the victim was out for her morning run on Fern Street, police said, but they would not say what the evidence was.

    Rosario was spotted in Hartford last Wednesday, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt or black jacket, police said, and he might have gotten on a bus heading out of town. He is also wanted in Hartford on burglary charges and in New York City on disorderly conduct charges.

    West Hartford Police held a news conference at 7:45 a.m. at police headquarters and said Rosario has family members in the area, so they do not know if the attack was random or if he had been watching the victim.

    Rosario is wanted on sexual assault, strangulation and restraint charges.

    Rosario is 5-feet-10 and 165 pounds. Police ask anyone with information to report it.

    West Hartford residents were shocked by the violent sexual assault after learning that a man grabbed a jogger from behind, pulled her into some nearby bushes and attacked her, police said.

    "I'm very glad there is more being said," Julia Zaretskaya, of West Hartford, said.

    "Some women were obviously taken aback by it. I was too because it's on Fern Street. It's a very quiet street in West Hartford, just a surprise really, a shock," David Zarovny, of West Hartford, said.

    "I worry about my wife, I worry about her, and everybody else in the community. Not only women, but men as well," John Scher, of West Hartford, said. "I hope they have some leads, some positive leads to find the perpetrator, and hopefully justice will be served at some point at some time soon to make everybody feel safe again in the community."