Women Sexually Assaulted While Running, Suspect Wanted


FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - Investigators were out Monday in the Discovery neighborhood in Walkersville handing out a composite sketch of the man they say is wanted for sexually assaulting two women over the weekend. 

Police were out canvassing the Walkersville area near the Community Park Sunday after two women reported they were sexually assaulted while running.

“As they were running though the park, a young lady was approached from the rear, she was attacked from the rear, pulled down,” said Sgt. Marc Black with Maryland State Police.

Police say a 37-year-old woman was first attacked by the man, who tried to pull down her running pants. She was running with a 50-year-old woman who tried to assist and fight off the attacker. Police say she then called 911 and was also sexually assaulted. The two were able to fight off the man and escape, they tell police he took off in the direction of the Walkersville High School

Investigators are now asking for the community’s help to identify the suspect. Some say they are shocked to hear this would happen at 5:30 p.m. on a Sunday during daylight.

“I don't live that far, I just live on the other side of US-15, so it’s not something you would normally think of happening around here, it’s unusual,” said Teresa Updike, who lives nearby.

“It's a nice walking trail and it's pretty open, not too many place to jump out at,” said John Garofalo, who also lives nearby.

The victims say the man is black and around 18 to 20-years-old.  They say he has a thin build and is about 5’6” to 5’8” in height, weighing about 150 pounds. They say he has a dark complexion with a very short, even-cut hair style and little to no facial hair.  He was reportedly wearing light khaki cargo shorts, with a long-sleeved gray shirt with black block-style lettering on it.  

Police are warning the public to be cautious, and check on their neighbors.

“Unfortunately crime has no boundaries, and we just want everyone to be on guard,” said Sgt. Black.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police Frederick Barrack at (301)-600-4150.

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