City of Wichita employee honored for helping alleged sexual assault victim

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Wichita Police Department on Tuesday honored a Public Works employee who helped the victim of an alleged rape attempt earlier this year.

The alleged attack happened at around 1:30 p.m. on March 26 near Seneca and McLean. Police said the 19-year-old woman was jogging on the bike path when the suspect approached, physically assaulted her and tried to sexually assault her. 

City of Wichita worker Jeff Weeks said he saw the struggle. 

"On this day, he was mowing on the north side of the river when he witnessed a male throw a female onto the ground and begin striking her with his fists," Deputy Chief Anna Hatter said. 

Wichita city worker helps police track down jogger's alleged attacker

Jeff began honking his horn to distract the suspect. He was successful and the victim was able to escape. 

Officers arrived in the area and arrested the suspect.

"Jeffrey went above and beyond to help a victim facing a violent attack," Hatter said before presenting Jeffrey with the outstanding citizens plaque.

The suspect, 36-year-old Ronald Knittle, remains jailed on charges of attempted rape, criminal threat, interference with law enforcement and theft.