HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico County Police say that they are searching for a suspect who they say tried to rape a woman at Cheswick Park Saturday morning.
Police said the incident happened at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 22 when an adult female who was utilizing the trails in the park for exercise was attacked by a man with a gun.
The incident happened in the northern part of the park, closest to Alvarado Road. Police said that the woman fought back when the man attempted to rape her and was able to knock the gun away from him. After a tussle, the woman was eventually able to separate herself from the man enough to run away.
Police said she ran all the way back to the park’s entrance where she screamed for help. Other park visitors came to her assistance and police were called.
By the time police arrived and set up a perimeter, they say the man was gone.
The woman was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital with lacerations, scrapes, and bruises, but police said she is expected to recover from the non-life threatening injuries.
Police described the suspect as a 160-180 pound black male between 5’7” and 5’9” who was wearing a blue or gray Captain America t-shirt, dark gym shorts and pink slippers and white socks at the time of the incident. He is believed to be in his mid-20s to mid-30s.
Police are also looking to speak with a female who was seen walking with her children and a small white dog Saturday morning before noon. She is asked to call Henrico Police at (804) 501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
The word of the attack was on the minds of people Sunday at the park who said that they would be more cautious going forward.
8News spoke with Jamie Grabill who lives in the area and visits the park from time to time.
“Definitely I think people would consider this an extremely safe park,” Grabill said. “This certainly has people concerned.”
Other residents say they are more cautious now when visiting the park.
“You want to be in your zone, you want to relax but know you have to be on your guard, you can’t wear your headphones anymore you have got to pay attention to everything around you,” said Katie Martling, who said she visits the park every day.
If you have any information about this or any other crimes taking place in the Richmond area contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at http://www.7801000.com. Submit tips to GUN250 about persons illegally possessing guns by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, then using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
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