Women fight off sex attack in Walkersville

WALKERSVILLE, Md. - Two women fought off a sexual assault as they jogged on a trail on Walkersville Sunday,  police say.

The assault  began when a 37-year-old woman was grabbed from behind as she ran on a trail in Walkersville Community Park around 5:30 Sunday afternoon.  The woman fought back as the suspect tried to pull down her running pants. 

That’s when another runner—a 50-year-old woman—came to her aid and fought to get the suspect away from the woman. She managed to call 911, but not before the suspect assaulted her as well.

The suspect then ran off toward Walkersville High School.  He is described as a young African American male, about, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, with a thin build.  He has a dark complexion with a very short, even-cut hair style and little to no facial hair.  At the time of the assault, he was wearing light khaki cargo shorts, with a long-sleeved gray shirt with black block-style lettering on it. 

Anyone with information about the assault should call the Maryland State Police Frederick Barrack at 301-600-4150 or contact Sgt. Rick Bachtel of the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division at 443-463-2164.  Callers may remain anonymous.   

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