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US Park Police investigating sexual assault on Capital Crescent Trail

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U.S. Park Police are investigating a sex assault on the Capital Crescent Trail. It happened Wednesday night just after dark. A woman jogger was attacked from behind just north of Georgetown.

Investigators say an adult woman, jogging alone at 9:15 p.m., was attacked from behind, put in a choke hold and passed out. When she awoke, her pants were down and a man was fondling her. She screamed and he ran off.

"Oh my God," says Lou Costantino during his bike ride home from work. "That's awful. You always wonder about that. I'm on the trail at all times of the day. I was on the trail at night earlier this week."

Costantino lives in Northwest D.C. and has biked to work for the past five years.

"It's a risky spot," he says. "I haven't personally seen anything bad happen. I've never even seen anything what I would call suspicious. But you know, I'd be very concerned if my wife was out here walking at nighttime and she expresses concern for me."

"You know, I try to use pretty good street smarts about my running," says runner Kate Himes. "If I were to be running at 9:15 [p.m.], I would run on the streets in town, places where there are more people, or I'd bring a friend and we'd run together down here at 9:15 p.m."

The victim described her attacker as muscular, with dreadlocks - about four inches long, a light scruffy beard and wearing a white t-shirt or tank top.

He was last seen running north on the trail.


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