Dog bites transient who was attacking woman at a park

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A man who tried to sexually assault a woman at a park in Fort Collins, Colorado, was bit on the face by a dog, with authorities later arresting him, according to police.

Police said a woman was “crying and telling a male to get off of her” when she called 911 Sunday evening, according to a release from Fort Collins Police Services reported by KDVR.

Dispatchers used her phone’s location to send officers to Lee Martinez Park. When they found the woman near the center of the park, she pointed out a man walking behind her.

Lee Martinez Community Park is seen from SkyFOX on May 8, 2024. (KDVR)

The woman reported that the man had attacked her, and she fought him off for 20 minutes to prevent a sexual assault. According to police, a dog helped her in the fight by biting the man in the face.

The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Seth Estabrooks, was taken into custody without incident and booked on the following counts:

Second-degree assault strangulation Unlawful sexual contact with force or threat False imprisonment by force

Police said the woman had no relationship with Estabrooks, whom police described as “a transient from Boulder.”

The woman got medical support, and a Patrol Crime Scene Investigator processed the suspect at the hospital, where he was treated for the dog bites.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.