Police: Gunman sexually assaulted mother out with baby

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Posted: Mar 03, 2016 7:55 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A gunman forced an Arizona mother to take her 2-month-old baby from a stroller and walk to a pathway where he sexually assaulted the woman, police said.

The attack occurred on Wednesday as the woman walked home after buying groceries in a heavily pedestrian area of south Tucson with a housing development and big box store. The walking path where she was taken was more secluded.

Police said the victim and unharmed baby were taken to a hospital.

Police conducted an hourslong search for the suspect after the attack, and a school was locked down. Residents were being questioned on Thursday. Police also released a composite sketch.

"This is a top-priority case for us," said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a police spokesman.

Detectives withheld some information to avoid tipping off the suspect, Dugan said. Police are asking for the public's help in finding him.