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Authorities on alert after suspicious activity reported at McKelligon Canyon

El Paso police said they have been called out to McKelligon Canyon twice in the last two weeks about a man touching a female hiker.

Police and park rangers are urging joggers and bikers along McKelligon Canyon Road to be vigilant following two reported assaults in the last two weeks.

El Paso police said they have been called out to McKelligon Canyon twice in the last two weeks about a man touching a female hiker.

The first was reported on April 27, the most recent happened Friday and both took place around noon in broad daylight. Both are being investigated as misdemeanor assaults

Franklin State Park Superintendent Cesar Mendez is pushing following suspicious activity in McKelligon canyon the last couple weeks.

Park rangers also say they're stepping up to keep an eye on hikers.

“We are stepping up patrols and monitoring the canyon and many other areas of the park. It's a large area that we have to cover but obviously if incidents happen in an area, we increase our monitoring and patrolling in those areas,” Mendez said.

Brenda Kennedy said she was hiking in April when she was approached by a man she described as suspicious.

“This vehicle approached us. He came up behind us and asked my friend and I if we were military wives, which is a really weird question in my opinion,” Kennedy said.

She said the man finally left her and her friend alone.

Park rangers suggest people always hike in groups, and if you wear headphones, that you only use one earphone so that you can be more aware of your surroundings.

The man in the two reported assaults is described by police as having a thin build and about 6 feet 2 inches tall.

If you have any information or see anything suspicious, you're asked to call El Paso police at 915-832-4400.

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