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Police investigating attempted sexual assault on Raleigh greenway

Posted September 21, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014

Raleigh police investigate a report of a violent crime on Crabtree Creek trail on the Capital Area Greenway on Sept. 21, 2014.
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— Raleigh police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault on part of Crabtree Creek Trail on the Capital Area Greenway early Sunday morning.

Police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said in a news release the case remains under investigation but that detectives believe the woman might have left a home on North Raleigh Boulevard around 4 a.m., headed north on foot and eventually arrived at the trail.

The woman reported that, along the way, she encountered a man and "after walking together for an unknown period of time, the male made advances of a sexual nature toward her."

"It is unknown precisely where those advances were made," Hourigan said.

Two people flagged down a Raleigh police officer around 8 a.m. in the 2500 block of Atlantic Avenue, and alerted him that a woman was acting unusual.

"Her initial reports indicated that some type of assault had occurred," Hourigan said.

Crime scene investigators with the Raleigh Wake City-County Bureau of Identification responded to the scene and the area of the trail remained closed for some time.

Authorities did not release any other information about the report or say whether they are looking for anyone in connection with the case.


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  • USMC Vet Sep 22, 2014

    Walking alone to and on a trail at 4am...maybe.
    Prayers for her regardless though and that the man she's talking about is caught quickly.

  • iron fist Sep 22, 2014

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    4am Not sure why she would be on the trail at 4am alone. I hope she is ok.

  • disgusted2010 Sep 22, 2014

    I guess WRAL finally added some meat to this pitiful story. It "broke" with something happened somewhere. One more instance of an out of control entertainment medium that hides behind the first amendment as "the press."

  • heard-it-all-before Sep 22, 2014

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    lol! sounds like the LSD was kicking in

  • William Saunders Sep 22, 2014
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    Four AM in the morning? On foot? I'm a sixty-sumthin' old white guy and "I" wouldn't try that unless I was way past intoxicated. That woman needs some tough-love intervention from her family. No, don't get me wrong, in a "perfect" world a woman would be able to walk buck-nekkid down Fayetteville Street or anywhere without being molested (beyond, perhaps, a snide remark), physical assault is not tolerated in civilized society,

  • Mark Hubbard Sep 22, 2014
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    Hmm. I may have seen this woman Saturday. I was jogging with my girlfriend and some middle aged lady was taking a "number 2" right next to the trail oblivious to us and two people passing through at the same time. I am guessing the woman "acting strangely" was this lady....

  • ChelsWCU1224 Sep 22, 2014

    Are there anymore updates on this? I'm wondering why this woman would go by herself at 4AM on a trail..that is just scary! Hope she is okay though and if you could provide more updates that would be great!

  • babylaceycarpenter Sep 22, 2014

    Are there no witnesses? How busy it the trail at 8am on Sunday mornings?

  • Ralph Mechanic Sep 22, 2014
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    Look another "Safe" Gun free zone!
    When are people going to relize criminals target "Gun Free" areas for unarmed easy targets!!