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The Palisade Rim Trail in Mesa County was closed Wednesday as law enforcement officials searched for a man accused of assault.

UPDATE: Palisade Rim Trail is now open.

Mesa County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Palisade Rim Trail after learning about an assault and attempted robbery just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 

The victim told police that an unknown man struck her with a rock and attempted to take her keys while she was hiking on the trail Wednesday morning. 

She was able to get away and call for help while only sustaining minor injuries, officials said. 

The suspect has been described as an adult male, standing 5-foot-6-inches to 5-foot-7-inches and was seen wearing a multi-colored jacked and a black facemask, officials said. 

Officials from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, with assistance of several other agencies including the Grand Junction Police Department's K-9 unit, began a search throughout the trail throughout Wednesday.

Residents who live on nearby Rapid Creek Road are being asked to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

Officials Officials are encouraging anyone who sees the man to call 9-1-1 

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