ROCK HILL, S.C. (WBTV) – Police are trying to identify a man they say chased a female jogger with a knife in Rock Hill last week.
The woman, 20, told police she had to hide in a bank restroom after the knife-wielding man ran towards her Thursday afternoon.
On Tuesday, police released a surveillance photo of the suspect.
Police say the woman was jogging in the 200 block of Stewart Avenue when she noticed a man as she passed. As she continued jogging near Laurelwood Cemetery, she told police she heard footsteps and realized the man was running towards her with a knife.
She told police she heard the man talking to himself.
“She sped up and she sped up and she said she could definitely see a knife then,” said Captain Mark Bollinger with the Rock Hill Police Department
The woman ran in the Family Trust Credit Union on West White Street, where she hid in a restroom.
Police later viewed surveillance video that showed the woman running into the bank, followed by a man matching the description of the man. He reportedly only made it a few feet into the bank before exiting.
“She was aware of her surroundings and even though she was jogging she knew there was somebody behind her. She knew enough that there was a safe place to run to where there were people working,” Bollinger said.
The woman left the bank and reported the incident to police. The man has not been caught.
The victim told police she usually runs the same route. It’s by a cemetery. There are sidewalks and streetlights.
Investigators are going through reports to see if there are any similar incidents or descriptions of a similar suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to call Rock Hill detectives at 803-329-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-409-4321.