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Woman Assaulted on Capital Crescent Trail

Second District police officers responded on the trail Sunday evening.

Update, 9:35 a.m.: A 21-year-old woman told police she was knocked unconscious, dragged into the woods and possibly sexually assaulted while she was jogging on the Capital Crescent Trail Sunday evening.

Police responded at the trail around 7:13 p.m., according to police spokeswoman Angela Cruz.

The woman said she had been jogging on the trail near the 4900 block of Brookeway Drive in Bethesda, between Massachusetts Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, when she stopped to allow deer to pass.

That’s when she said she was struck in the head from behind and knocked unconscious, Cruz said.  The woman  awoke in the woods a short time later and was able to return to the trail and call for help.

A jogger helped her to the 4900 block of Brookeway Drive, where she met with police, Cruz said.

The woman was transported to the hospital with head injuries. She remains hospitalized but is conscious and talking with investigators, Cruz said.

Police are describing the suspect as a white male in his 20s, wearing dark clothing.

Police are investigating the incident as a sex assault, Cruz said. The woman told police she believes she was sexually assaulted.

Original post, 12:41a.m.: A woman was assaulted on the Capital Crescent Trail Sunday evening, Montgomery County police reported via Twitter.

Second District police officers responded to the trail around 7:13 p.m., according to the tweet.

The Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, a volunteer-run trail advocacy group, also reported the assault on its website.

“There was just another attack on the CCT, occurred at about 7 p.m.,” the post read. “The woman escaped .... It was on the Montgomery section. The suspect fled on a bicycle with a basket on the front.”

Several other attacks have been reported on the trail in recent months, including three assaults and attempted robberies in the Wisconsin Avenue tunnel.

Ronald Smith October 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM
40 out of 50 states (and growing) have proper "shall issue" conceal carry laws enabling law-abiding citizens that have gone through a background checks and waiting period to protect themselves from these types of assaults. Maryland is not one of them, and this is yet another example of the need for Maryland to step out of the dark ages.
Anon October 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Good idea. That way the robber could grab the gun and shoot the woman he attacks rather than fleeing. The idea that a woman out for a walk on the trail needs to carry a concealed weapon is insane.
Native October 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Amen brother. I live in the Edgemoor / Bradley Hills area. There was a recent street robbery on nearby Custer Road, a burglary on Glenbrook Road on Saturday, and this assault on Sunday. Meanwhile, law abiding citizens cannot obtain CCW permits like our neighbors in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and more than forty other states.
Brian Berns October 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM
This woman was struck on the back of the head while jogging. Who jogs with a firearm? And how would it have helped since she was taken by surprise?
Alisa D Rivkin October 22, 2012 at 01:32 PM
@ the first guy: I'm a daily female Bethesda-Cap Hill bike commuter and professional chef who works at night. Don't be daft. I travel with knives in my gear and they'd do me no good if I was conked on the head from behind. Enough is enough. The trail's website lists some kind of police volunteer patrol, but I've never seen any evidence of one. Honestly, I'm not sure what kind of help that would be. But I'm really angry about this and tired of men getting off on and away with this type of attack on women.
Wayne Phyillaier October 22, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Having CCW permits has apparently not helped Virginia - there have been several assaults on the W&OD and Custis trails in recent years. This victim was taken from behind and never saw her attacker. If she had been carrying a gun, her attacker would have it now.
jag October 22, 2012 at 01:58 PM
It would help increase the odds of the woman being killed and/or would increase the number of guns in the hands of criminals. Apparently some think that's a great idea. Facts and logic be damned.
Ronald Smith October 22, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Nice try Jag. Planting your flag in the "facts and logic be damned" statement certainly doesn't mean that facts and logic are actually on your side. They aren't, and yours is the minority opinion, nationwide. If you don't want to see a day where your daughter, sister, wife has the right to legally protect themselves that's your business but to insist on witholding it from my kin will not be your privilege in the long run. The nationwide wide trend is towards shall-issue CCW. Look at this time-laps map on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rtc.gif Maryland is one of the last extremist hold outs. Alisa, well of course, anything in your bag is useless. They are in your bag, after all.
Alisa D Rivkin October 22, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Ron, carrying a Glock or my 8" chef's knife in my sports bra is not only idiotic, it'd give me chafe.
jag October 22, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Care to explain which of my claims isn't factual or logical? Or are you conceding the obvious - of course everyone running around with a gun would mean more victims of gun violence and more guns in the hands of criminals. Turning Bethesda into West Baltimore where you have a reasonable expectation that many people are armed...you think that'd help REDUCE these random, once in a rare while attacks? The rest of America is on the forefront on this issue? Are you effing kidding me??? Are we both talking about the same country? Or do you just know nothing about the rest of the world?
Madison October 22, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I think making it easier for people to carry a weapon is a terrible idea: 1) Weapons don't distinguish between the attacker and victim - any weapon you carry can be used against you, and hence carrying one potentially arms your attacker. 2) There are plenty of items you can carry that are not lethal, but could serve as self defense - most blunt objects, car-keys, etc. 3) Regardless of what you are carrying the best defense is to be aware of your surroundings. If you are not paying attention, what you are carrying and whether or not your can defend yourself is irrelevant. If I was knocked unconscious, I wouldn't want the attacker to have significant reason to believe that I am armed. What's to stop the attacker from searching an unconscious victim -- there are already plenty of ways to hurt people, let's not make it easier. An alert mind while traveling alone, and avoiding isolated paths after dark, are FAR more effective and safe means of self-defense. It's disturbing to hear that something like this took place. I hope that the offender is caught... :/
Ellis Gordon October 22, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I would recommend the purchase of a spray can of Guard Alaska Bear Defense Spray with the carrying holster as a method of protection. This product is an ultra strong pepper spray with a long range that is formulated to stop attacking bears. The holster and spray can are designed for quick reaction to bear attacks. Any attacker that is sprayed with this stuff will be sorry. There are similar products available from other companies. Try Amazon.
Ronald Smith October 22, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Sorry jag. You have it reversed once again - the rules of logic dictate that the onus is on YOU to point out which of my claims is not factual or logical as it was you that planted that flag. Over the past 30 years, conceal carry has steadily progressed forward from being available in hardly any states to nearly every single state (Maryland being one of the last holdouts). Again see WikiPedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rtc.gif In those same 30 years as the number of legal firearms in responsible citizens’ hands has risen to a record high, violent crime has continued to drop to an all-time low nationwide. It can now be said that the claim that more legal guns in the hands of responsible knowledgable citizens equals more crime is NOT a valid one. We have not heard of stories of crazed conceal carry holders going on the rampage. Quite the contrary, time and time again, we hear stories of CCW holder protecting themselves and their loved ones like the law-abiding citizens that they are. It’s perplexing that the same activist groups who work to empower women often strive to keep the very tools out of their hands that they could use to defend themselves. When seconds count, help is minutes away. By the way, I feel sorry for the innocent citizens of West Baltimore that you have just disarmed as you set policy statements from behind the comforting breezes and among the scenic gentrification of Bethesda.
jag October 22, 2012 at 05:12 PM
"We have not heard of stories of crazed conceal carry holders going on the rampage." ...is this a joke or do you just have your head in the sand? Anyways, you're still ignoring both of my points. Except, possibly, by pointing out gun violence is down the past twenty years. Relating that to CCW is laughable. I understand you're trying to forward a position (and are therefore just throwing a bunch of junk talking points against the wall as if it has anything to do with this situation or the points I made), but come on. Yeah, DC and Baltimore homicides are down a ton because of all the CCW around here. Uh, NOT. "time and time again, we hear stories of CCW holder protecting themselves and their loved ones like the law-abiding citizens that they are." I concede that there certainly are instances were a legally owned gun has been properly used as protection (yay, you beat a straw man, congrats). Now you go ahead and admit that exponentially more guns, legally and illegally (like robbing someone who is legally carrying) obtained, are the cause of much, much, MUCH more harm than good. 11,000 gun homicides a year and you think a handful of people defending themselves AGAINST gun violence proves the system works? Good grief. How twisted does a mind have to be for that to make sense?
Joan MacCartee October 22, 2012 at 05:19 PM
With construction all over Bethesda, and more and more people loitering, it will keep getting more impossible to be safe. News reports about the wealth in Bethesda doesn't help. I fear the "glory days" of a safe and sane Bethesda are nearly over.
jag October 22, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Crime has been falling for years. If you're going to overreact to one incident, at least do so in a way that makes even a tiny bit of sense. Hint: blaming million dollar condos and people "loitering", a.k.a. enjoying Bethesda's increasingly nice retail and public offerings, for imaginary increases in crime doesn't make sense.
GWS October 22, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Here we go again, always coming through with the oversimplistic solution of more guns. Sure, lets go ahead and allow guns along CCT - instead of keeping guns criminal. At the same time, lets hope & pray that errant bullets don't end up inside our homes and into a child's head. And if they do, oh-so-simple-Gun-Advocates, I'm sure you'll then say - it's not the gun's fault.
Native October 22, 2012 at 11:43 PM
It's a matter of law abiding citizens having the right to obtain a permit to protect themselves if they want to. Most states grant this right and it hasn't resulted in runaway crime committed by those who go through the permit process. Illinois has among the very strictest gun laws in the country and the murder rate in Chicago has rocketed while the nationwide trend has declined. Does anyone who has spent any time on the street think that having a defenseless law abiding population deters crime?
Ronald Smith November 07, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Pay no attention to Jag, folks. He rants and raves on many of the boards here at the patch. Oh Jag, here's a poor unsuspecting Marylander that could have used a gun, but no your twisted ideologies disarmed him. He's in a medically induced coma tonight after being jumped by 8 baltimorons. Enjoy your handywork.
Ronald Smith November 07, 2012 at 04:40 AM
oh yes, and here's the link: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2012/11/06/witness-to-brutal-attack-speaks-with-wjz/

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