Map showing Cresheim Trail between Gate House Lane and Devil's Pool.

Map showing Cresheim Trail between Gate House Lane and Devil’s Pool.

by Sue Ann Rybak

A 51-year-old woman was assaulted during an attempted robbery on Sept. 26 while walking on a trail along Cresheim Creek, which passes under the McCallum Street Bridge, just off of 600 block of Gatehouse Lane.

According to the police report, at approximately 4:30 p.m. the woman observed a man walking towards her. Seconds after passing her, he grabbed her from behind by the shoulders and demanded money. When the woman replied that she didn’t have any money, the robber demanded that the woman empty her pockets.

Police said after the man failed to obtain any money, he pushed the woman to the ground and began choking her around the neck. He then proceeded to shove dirt in her mouth and demand sex.

According to police report, after a 10-minute struggle, the woman was able to fight off her attacker and call police from a passerby’s cell phone.

The assailant is described as an African American male, between 25-30 years old,, about six feet tall, with a large build. He was last seen wearing a red polo shirt with white writing, tan pants and a baseball cap (possibly green in color).

If you have any information about this crime or this suspect, please call 911.

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