DNA links Killeen sex assault to another attack along San Antonio bike trail, say police

Terrell Jenkins is accused of sexually assaulting a woman as she walked along a bike trail near Austin Highway in July of 2016. (Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

SAN ANTONIO - Nearly one year after a woman was sexually assaulted at a local trail, her alleged attack was found. Police said a man came up behind a 53-year-old woman, pulled her into a wooded area and sexually assaulted her at the Salado Creek Greenway in July of 2016.

In May of 2017, officers learned new information that DNA in the July attack matched another attack being investigated by the Killeen Police Department, according to an arrest affidavit. In that crime, an elderly woman was sexually assaulted inside her apartment by an intruder.

A national forensic lab then identified the suspect as Terrell Jenkins, 36. When officers searched for Jenkins, they found he was already in custody at the Bexar County Jail.

He is now charged with sexual assault in connection with the July attack.

Women who frequent the Salado Creek Greenway said they never walk alone out of fear of what could happen to them.

"There's a lot of areas that are secluded. It's a park, so there's areas where there's a lot of brush and you could be exposed to danger,” Patricia Buescher said.

With San Antonio voters recently passing an $850 million bond that will add at least six new parks, many wonder how San Antonio Park Police will be able to effectively patrol the parks.

"I have not really seen the police touring the area, but there are volunteer Park and Wildlife bicyclists on the route constantly,” she said.

The City of San Antonio said the new parks will not be built for a few years. At that time, the city will decide if park police will need additional funding to patrol the parks.

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