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UPDATED: Police Investigate Possible Sexual Assault on Trail

by BethesdaNow.com | October 22, 2012 at 10:25 am | 1,380 views | 1 Comment

(Updated at 10:25 a.m.): Montgomery County Police have confirmed a woman was sexually assaulted while jogging Sunday night on the Capital Crescent Trail.

According to a police press release this morning, the 21-year-old woman remains in the hospital with a head injury and is in serious but stable condition.

She has been able to talk to police and described her attacker as a white male in his 20′s who was wearing dark clothing. The woman was able to walk back to the trail after regaining consciousness, where she called for help. A 40-year-old male jogger assisted her to a home in the 4900 block of Brookeway Drive where the homeowner called police at about 7:13 p.m, according to police.

Police said the attack occurred around 7 p.m. on the section of the trail between Massachusetts Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard.

Earlier: A 21-year-old woman jogging on the Capital Crescent Trail on Sunday evening was knocked unconscious and dragged into nearby woods, Montgomery County Police said.

Capt. Paul Starks, MCPD spokesman, said police are investigating the incident as a possible sexual assault. The woman went to the hospital for treatment of a head wound, according to a report from NBC4.

The incident occurred just after sunset about a half-mile south of Massachusetts Avenue, according to police. The woman said she stopped to watch a group of deer cross the trail, when she was struck from behind. She regained consciousness in the woods off the trail, Starks said, before a male jogger passing by helped her to a house in the 4900 block of Brookeway Drive.

Police were called to the house at about 7:13 p.m. A forensic team was on the scene late Sunday night. Police taped off an area in front of the house, at the end of the cul-de-sac that backs up to a trail entry point.

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  • Brookmont Beaver

    People need to get smarter. That area is dangerous and has been for years. I’m 6’1” and 210 lbs and I wouldn’t be in there after dark without a dog. The Capital Cresent is NOT SAFE after dark.

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