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FILE - A woman who was walking across a church parking lot Sunday was attacked and sexually assaulted here Sunday, according to police.

ALPINE — A woman who was walking across a church parking lot was attacked and sexually assaulted here Sunday, according to police.

The woman was walking about 4 a.m. in the area of North Heritage Hills Drive "when she was approached from behind by an adult male. It was reported that the subject brandished a knife and took the victim behind a dumpster, where the assault occurred," according to a statement from the Lone Peak Police Department.

The woman was taken to a local hospital to be treated for undisclosed injuries.

On Tuesday, police asked for the public's help in finding the alleged attacker, and reminded residents to be safe when walking alone at night.

"Stay in well-lit areas, walk in pairs, be aware of your surroundings, carry along a flashlight if walking at night," the department posted on its Facebook page.

The frightening attack had residents talking on a neighborhood Facebook page Tuesday.

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"I think we sometimes get a false sense of security living where we live, but it can happen anywhere," wrote one person.

“I just heard about this," another wrote, "and the Lone Peak police said it was the worst attack they’ve seen. So scary. I hope they find him!"

Police are looking for a man who spoke with an accent, possibly Hispanic, last seen wearing black pants and a black hoodie with "a white logo in the shape of a gear sprocket on the left breast," according to police.

Anybody with information about the case is asked to call the Lone Peak Police Department at 801-756-9800.