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Monday, August 15, 2011

Yikes. Woman claims hammer-wielding man chased her on Freedom Park jogging trail

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Just before 6 p.m. last night, a woman claims she was jogging along the Freedom Park trails in Inman Park when an unknown man holding something hammer-like threatened to rape her.

Here's the APD narrative (the victim's name has been omitted):

According to [the victim] she was jogging along the trail near Alaska Avenue ... when she was attacked by a white male. [The victim] said ... she passed the subject and he immediately began running after her. While running about 10 feet behind her, [the victim] says the suspect yelled, "I will rape and fuck you." She mentioned the suspect was carrying something that resembled a hammer in his hand. In order to avoid the suspect, she ran into a store at 670 Highland Avenue where employees called police. [The victim] described the suspect as a white male, six feet tall, shaggy hair, slim built, wearing a white T-shirt, dark colored shorts and sneakers. She was unable to say exactly where the suspect stopped following her.

There must've been some misinformation already floating around about the incident. In an email to the media APD Public Information Officer Kim Jones stressed, "Let me make something very clear: the woman involved in this incident WAS NOT ATTACKED, I repeat: SHE WAS NOT ATTACKED."

Still, according to the report, the crime is classified as simple assault/battery.

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