CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Chesterfield County are searching for a man who assaulted a teen girl at Ettrick Park last Friday.
Police said the 14-year-old victim was running on a trail between 4-4:25 p.m. when an unknown male approached her from behind, grabbed her and pulled her to the ground.
The victim was able to strike the suspect and escape, according to police.
Visitors familiar with Ettrick Park describe it as a quiet place, but the assault has them thinking twice about their surroundings.
“This is the day and age we live in,” Zipporah Foltz, a regular park visitor said. “Anything like that can happen at any given time, but you know, it’s shocking.”
The suspect fled on foot on Laurel Road in the direction of Dupuy Road. The victim was not injured.
Virginia State student Kanani Collins visits the park to get away from the stress of being in college.
She’s shocked something like this happened close to campus.
“Personally, I don’t think it’s the females fault,” Collins said. “I understand she was running and stuff but that man had no right to do that.”
Chesterfield Police beefed up its presence at the park following the reported assault.
Visitors are now doing their part by being on the lookout for anyone suspicious.
“Hopefully they catch him because you know, he could do something to someone else and they might not be so lucky,” Collins said.
The suspect is described as a black male in his mid-40s with a dark complexion and a grey, patchy beard. He was wearing a black beanie, a navy blue zip-up hooded sweatshirt and dirty blue jeans. In general, the suspect’s appearance was dirty and ragged.
Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.