Police say a man attacked and sexually assaulted a woman jogging along a canal in Phoenix Monday morning.

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Police are looking for a man who allegedly attacked and sexually assaulted a woman jogging along a canal in Phoenix Monday morning. 

According to Phoenix police, a woman reported she was attacked along the north side of the Arizona Canal between Central Avenue and 7th Street, north of Northern Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Officers arrived and spoke to the woman, who said the suspect also sexually assaulted her. 

"This is extremely alarming anytime that someone in our city becomes the victim of an assault, especially a sexual assault," said Sgt. Ann Justus with Phoenix Police.

During the attack, the woman was thrown into the canal and the man ran off from the area. Bystanders in the area were able to pull the woman out of the canal before police arrived. During an afternoon update, police described the suspect as a Black man, 20-30 years old, wearing a black t-shirt with white stars, and blue jeans.   

"Anyone that was in the area at this time if they remember seeing anything, people who have Ring doorbell or home security systems," said Justus. 

Police ask that anyone with information or possible home surveillance of the incident to contact the Phoenix Police Department or Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS. 

Jade Munroe is a seven-degree black belt but also teaches average people how to defend themselves with nothing but their own two hands. Her advice is always be prepared to fight. "You want to pick the hardest surface on your body to hit the softest surface on somebody else's body. For example, your palm, elbow or knee and hit that persona's soft surface like a nose, a throat or low section," said Munroe.

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