Woman attacked, sexually assaulted on Durham running trail

DURHAM, N.C. (WNC) – Durham Police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred Wednesday night, police said.

The incident is said to have happened at approximately 6:15 p.m. on the South Ellerbee Creek Trail near Washington Street and West Club Boulevard.

The victim told officers she was walking on the trail when a man came up behind her, choked her into unconsciousness and pulled her into the woods. She was then sexually assaulted.

The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment and was unable to provide a description of her attacker.

Another incident had been reported on the same trail on Oct. 22. In that case, a woman told officers she was walking on the trail near Dacian Avenue around 5:15 p.m. when a male came up behind her and choked her. The male did not sexually assault her.

The suspect was described as a man wearing black jogging pants, a white tank top and a blue and red hat. He was about 5-foot-9 with a muscular build and weighed around 140-150 lbs. His hair was described as a short afro with the front part of his hair colored “tan” or “colored like a cheetah.” It is possible his hair was bleached.

Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to call Investigator B. Jones at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29330 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

The Durham Police Department suggest following these personal safety tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Call 911 to report any suspicious activities
  • Do not walk alone
  • Try to remain in well-lit areas
  • Trust your instincts
  • Do not walk/run with earbuds or headphones
  • Bring a cell phone

 

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