Gallatin Co. sheriff asks for public help finding sexual assault suspect


MISSOULA, Mont. - The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office is asking for help finding a suspect in a sexual assault case.

Someone reported the assault around 3 a.m. Monday. It happened at the Four Corners Town Pump.

Authorities say the suspect, Arturo Valerio Gonzalez, left the gas station on foot and may be trying to hitchhike to his home state of Utah.

Gonzalez is Hispanic and in his mid-40s. He is 5-foot-5 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds. He's clean shaven, with dark hair and was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, dirty jeans and black shoes.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office says if you see Gonzalez don't approach him. Instead, they ask you to call 911 or 406-582-2100.

Tips which lead to the arrest of the suspect may be eligible for a Crimestoppers reward.