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Woman reports sexual assault in Wake County park

Posted October 20, 2008
Updated October 21, 2008

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— A woman reported that two men attempted to sexually assault her on a walking trail in Yates Mill Park Monday afternoon, park officials said.

Two men attacked the woman around 2:45 p.m. in the park, off Lake Wheeler Road, in southwestern Wake County, Park Manager Rebeca Cope said. The victim told investigators that her assailants ran off when they heard a noise, Cope said.

The park was closed for about 1½ hours while sheriff's deputies and a police dog searched it and nearby neighborhoods for the assailants, Cope said. They made no arrests.

Phillip Powell said he was fishing in the park and saw the victim, who appeared to be in her 30s, taken away in an ambulance.

"She was pretty shocked, devastated," Powell said. "I hope she will be OK."

Sheriff's officials said the victim was recovering after being checked out a local hospital.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office has not released information about the incident. Officials would not say how many people were involved or release a description of the suspect or suspects.

Visitors said they were surprised to hear about the attempted assault in the park, with its miles of wooded walking trails and a historic mill.

"That's very shocking, actually, for this area," park visitor Amy Rager said. "I've been out here several times, and it's always been quiet and peaceful."

Rager said she turned around after park officials warned her that a woman had been attacked a couple hours earlier on the trail where she was walking with her 5-year-old son.

Cope said that park workers will conduct extra patrols on the trails, and the sheriff's office will deploy more deputies in the park as well.

"It makes it bad for everybody, because most people come out, exercise and jog, stuff like that," Powell said. "And it's just bad for everybody that comes out."

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  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Oct 28, 2008

    http://www.newsobserver.com/news/crime_safety/story/1271782.html

    Surprise Surprise seems there was no assault after all. That part of raleigh is the safest around.

  • Adelinthe Oct 21, 2008

    "Officials would not say how many people were involved or release a description of the suspect or suspects."

    WHY NOT!?!

    Those of us who live nearby NEED to know.

    Or are the authorities waiting for more to be accosted by these pervs?

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Vietnam Vet Oct 21, 2008

    Why is everyone making it sound like it's the victim's fault??? It was not the lady's fault. A woman, or anyone for that matter, should be able to jog on a public park trail in the middle of the afternoon without having to be overly concerned about her safety. It was not HER fault!!! If blame needs to be placed let's put it where it needs to be. How about the two perpretrators of the attempted attack??? Remove them from the equation and our jogger would have had an uneventful afternoon of exercise.

  • chauncey7381 Oct 21, 2008

    Good evening folks....how come WCSD will not release a description of the attackers?

  • Today Oct 21, 2008

    Vote carefully this election... or our rights to self protection will be endangered further.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Oct 21, 2008

    And yes women jogging or walking alone need to protect themselves- which is why a dog or a gun should be allowed.

  • Today Oct 21, 2008

    Unfortunately many parks prohibit concealed carry (even with a permit) and some prohibit dogs, the two things that can help deter or stop a criminal act. Police cannot be everywhere.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Oct 21, 2008

    Rev RB

    I was referring to the rules not allowing dogs or registered handguns. Those can ensure the safety if used properly.

  • wakemom Oct 21, 2008

    sentramom - "Maybe Wake county needs to change their rules for the safety of their residents."

    Maybe women who decide to jog/walk alone need to get a clue.

    Do we need rules for everything? Does no one have common sense anymore.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB
    Rev. RB

    i agree Rev. common sense day or night needs to be used by these women jogging alone. or anybody alone period. crime can happen at ANYPLACE and anytime.

  • Adelinthe Oct 21, 2008

    sentramom - "Maybe Wake county needs to change their rules for the safety of their residents."

    Maybe women who decide to jog/walk alone need to get a clue.

    Do we need rules for everything? Does no one have common sense anymore.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

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