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Woman Assaulted on Capital Crescent Trail

Second District police officers responded on the trail Sunday evening.

Update, 9:35 a.m.: A 21-year-old woman told police she was knocked unconscious, dragged into the woods and possibly sexually assaulted while she was jogging on the Capital Crescent Trail Sunday evening.

Police responded at the trail around 7:13 p.m., according to police spokeswoman Angela Cruz.

The woman said she had been jogging on the trail near the 4900 block of Brookeway Drive in Bethesda, between Massachusetts Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, when she stopped to allow deer to pass.

That’s when she said she was struck in the head from behind and knocked unconscious, Cruz said.  The woman  awoke in the woods a short time later and was able to return to the trail and call for help.

A jogger helped her to the 4900 block of Brookeway Drive, where she met with police, Cruz said.

The woman was transported to the hospital with head injuries. She remains hospitalized but is conscious and talking with investigators, Cruz said.

Police are describing the suspect as a white male in his 20s, wearing dark clothing.

Police are investigating the incident as a sex assault, Cruz said. The woman told police she believes she was sexually assaulted.

Original post, 12:41a.m.: A woman was assaulted on the Capital Crescent Trail Sunday evening, Montgomery County police reported via Twitter.

Second District police officers responded to the trail around 7:13 p.m., according to the tweet.

The Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, a volunteer-run trail advocacy group, also reported the assault on its website.

“There was just another attack on the CCT, occurred at about 7 p.m.,” the post read. “The woman escaped .... It was on the Montgomery section. The suspect fled on a bicycle with a basket on the front.”

Several other attacks have been reported on the trail in recent months, including three assaults and attempted robberies in the Wisconsin Avenue tunnel.

jag October 22, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Crime has been falling for years. If you're going to overreact to one incident, at least do so in a way that makes even a tiny bit of sense. Hint: blaming million dollar condos and people "loitering", a.k.a. enjoying Bethesda's increasingly nice retail and public offerings, for imaginary increases in crime doesn't make sense.
GWS October 22, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Here we go again, always coming through with the oversimplistic solution of more guns. Sure, lets go ahead and allow guns along CCT - instead of keeping guns criminal. At the same time, lets hope & pray that errant bullets don't end up inside our homes and into a child's head. And if they do, oh-so-simple-Gun-Advocates, I'm sure you'll then say - it's not the gun's fault.
Native October 22, 2012 at 11:43 PM
It's a matter of law abiding citizens having the right to obtain a permit to protect themselves if they want to. Most states grant this right and it hasn't resulted in runaway crime committed by those who go through the permit process. Illinois has among the very strictest gun laws in the country and the murder rate in Chicago has rocketed while the nationwide trend has declined. Does anyone who has spent any time on the street think that having a defenseless law abiding population deters crime?
Ronald Smith November 07, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Pay no attention to Jag, folks. He rants and raves on many of the boards here at the patch. Oh Jag, here's a poor unsuspecting Marylander that could have used a gun, but no your twisted ideologies disarmed him. He's in a medically induced coma tonight after being jumped by 8 baltimorons. Enjoy your handywork.
Ronald Smith November 07, 2012 at 04:40 AM
oh yes, and here's the link: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2012/11/06/witness-to-brutal-attack-speaks-with-wjz/

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