Department of Communications and Public Affairs

Published on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Councilman Pelaez urges vigilance following sexual assault in Hardberger Park

CONTACT: Erin Nichols

(210) 216-9205

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 12, 2017) —
Following the sexual assault in Hardberger Park Tuesday morning, District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez issues the following statement and tips to help keep you safe while enjoying city parks.

“I was very alarmed to hear of the sexual assault that took place in Hardberger Park this morning,” Councilman Pelaez said. “During this afternoon’s roll call at the SAPD Prue Substation, I visited with officers and was briefed on the attack. A suspect is in custody, however until an arrest is made, SAPD and Park Police will be increasing patrols in the area. In the meantime, I urge parkgoers to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times."

Here are some safety tips provided by SAPD:

  1. Go with a buddy. Enjoy your trails and parklands with a friend. Two or more trail users can assist each other in the event of accident or injury, and one can always seek help.
  2. The day is your friend. It's better to avoid dusk and darkness.
  3. Use all your senses. Listen for suspicious noises. Don't wear headphones; they impair your ability to hear someone approaching you from behind. If you sense that an area may be unsafe for you, leave.
  4. Take what you need. Carry personal identification, a fully charged cellphone and wear your medical bracelets.
  5. Leave valuables at home. If you must leave valuables in your vehicle while you are enjoying your picnic lunch or using the trails, hide them well before you arrive at the parking area; auto burglaries are all too common.
  6. Call for help. If you need assistance or encounter someone else needing assistance in the District, call 911. 
  7. Have someone waiting. Always let someone else know where you will be going and when you will return, and instruct him or her to call 911 if you do not return as planned.
  8. Attire. Don’t wear any expensive jewelry.
  9. Tools. If you feel comfortable carrying pepper spray, that can also be a tool of defense. Make sure you do research prior to purchasing.
  10. Own the trail. Project alertness, confidence, and determination. Your shoulders are back, you are aware of your surroundings, and you have somewhere to go.
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Author: Cambri Ensminger (GPA)

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