Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The trail where the attack took place is a very secluded part of the Rivergreenway. The female victim was running South when she passed the attacker who was running North, who then quickly turned around and over powered her.
The victim often runs the trail with a partner, but on Saturday morning just before 11, she was running by herself. Police say it was a vicious attack and would likely have been a full rape had another runner not come by. The attacker then fled toward some apartments near Fairfield.
Police say the attack could have happened anywhere and it's a reminder for runners to be alert, especially with a violent suspect still at large.
"The suspect was interrupted in the middle of his attack and what concerns detectives is that he will likely do it again if the situation presents itself, it might not be on the Greenway, we don't expect that it will be," says Raquel Foster of the Fort Wayne Police Department.
Police will have to wait for DNA testing to be completed to see if they have a “hit” on the suspect. They also have a solid description from the victim and the other runner. The suspect is described as a black man 18-23 years-old with a 3 inch afro and a light complexion. He was wearing baggy red shorts and an Ohio State sweatshirt.
The city told Indiana’s NewsCenter that the trail where the attack took place at Lower Huntington and Tillman is one of the more popular trails with 14,000 residents on it just in the last month.
Police say the runner wasn't using headphones and was very alert, even greeting the attacker as she ran past him.
If you have any information on the suspect you're asked to call police.
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