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Jogger assaulted on Duke trail

Posted June 26, 2013

— A female jogger was grabbed and pulled from behind on the Duke trail but was able to escape with only minor injuries, Duke University officials said Wednesday

The incident occurred at about 7 a.m. near Cornwallis Road, officials said.

The assailant was described as a light-skinned male in his late 20s or early 30s with a medium build. He is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and was wearing black pants, a black tank-top, white shoes and a red baseball cap.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Duke University Police Department at 919-684-2444.


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  • deansquishman Jun 27, 2013

    Light skinned male---what does that mean?---something admitting race and better command of adjectives would be helpful to those of us who use this trail !

  • balog Jun 27, 2013

    Golo comments - always consistent in stirring up something.

  • reel4fun Jun 26, 2013

    Way to go N&O.....protecting the criminals once again.

  • pat7 Jun 26, 2013

    whats a light skinned male , White ,black ,brown male is better dont you think.

  • texasncgirl Jun 26, 2013

    that's a sure way to get shot if that happened to me. glad I exercise my 2nd amendment right...at ALL times...running included!

  • marciamal1 Jun 26, 2013

    Oh gosh would everyone stop this with this raciest stuff - it doesnt bother me for someone to call me "white" - I don't understand some people - have to make a mountain out of a mole hill - who cares - I am just hoping he is caught and charged - i am always so careful about going on these trails -

  • Brigand Jun 26, 2013

    I remember when the N&O put out a piece saying race is not helpful in describing crime suspects to be on the look out for. That was the top of the mountain in terms of PC fail.

  • Good Bye WRAL Jun 26, 2013

    Factually describing a person is no more racist that accurately describing the color of a car in a police report. It's racist to base decisions on race, but not to describe a suspect. Why do we tolerate this kind of PC stupidity?

  • kikinc Jun 26, 2013

    Don't blame WRAL. The email I received this morning (before this article was posted) from the Duke Police had the same exact description. They are the ones who worded it that way.

  • Common_Sensey Jun 26, 2013

    A light skinned male? Would that mean a Black "light skinned" male? I'm sure light skinned male isn't what the police have on record from the victim. Come on WRAL, pleas specify Black, White, Albino, etc etc....how else can people look for the perp?