Police say a female was attacked as she was jogging alone just before 8 a.m. on the Bent Creek Trail Greenway near Shelley Lake between Lynn Road and North Hills Drive.
According to police, the victim noticed a man following her and then sped up, but he still managed to grab her. The victim was able to escape.
Police describe the suspect as a black male, standing 5 feet 8 inches and weighing 140 to 150 pounds. He has short hair, a round face and is in his late 20s to early 30s. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, three-quarter-length blue jeans and white sneakers.
Most people who go to Bent Creek Trail Greenway, which is usually busy during daylight hours, consider the area to be a safe place. News of the attack has put everyone on edge.
"You think of this as just a nice, beautiful, wonderful safe place to be," said Judy Woods, who leaves her nearby office at lunchtime everyday to take a brisk walk. "It concerns me, because this kind of facility near my office is invaluable to me. I'm very disappointed to hear that there's been any problem."
Police said the assault is a reminder that women who exercise alone should always take extra precautions.
"It's always best to go with a friend," said Raleigh Police Department spokesman Jim Sughrue. "Be aware of your surroundings. Always carry a cell phone with you in case you need to call for help."
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