Public Safety Notices For Runners

IMPORTANT NOTICES…

A runner fended off an attacker with a can of mace Saturday night while running in southern Fairfax County.

The woman was running along Hayfield Road, close to Old Telegraph Road, around 10 p.m. when she was grabbed by a man wearing a dark long sleeve shirt and cream colored pants. After using her mace, the two ran in opposite directions, according to Fairfax County Police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Tuesday June 11, Washington, D.C.

A bicyclist on the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Northeast Washington was attacked and badly beaten by what he counted as more than a dozen teenagers near Third and S streets, NE. According to a Washington Post report, he said they took nothing from him and suffered a broken bone near his eye.

Monday June 10, Chevy Chase, Md.

During a storm on Monday afternoon, a Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School student, Joshua Davis, was apparently killed when a tree fell and struck him while he biked on a side trail off of the Rock Creek Trail, according to Montgomery County Police. He was close to the 9200 block of Jones Mill Road in Chevy Chase.

Saturday June 1, Vienna, Va.

Around 8:30 p.m., a woman was charged with driving while intoxicated and felony hit and run after she drove nearly five miles to Vienna on the W&OD Trail from Reston and hit a bicyclist, who was thrown from the bike onto the trail’s shoulder, and nearly hit a handful of other trail users.

Saturday June 1, Arlington, Va.

At approximately 11:17 a.m., a woman was reportedly cut in the upper left side of her torso by a man who jumped out of the brush as she was walking along the Four Mile Run Trail. The man ran away, she suffered superficial injuries but remains hospitalized Monday, according to the Arlington County Police Department, which has not released any information on the assailant. The attack happened between the N. Ohio Streetand Patrick Henry Drive overpasses over I-66. 

If possible, run with someone when heading to an isolated area, carry identification and when possible, alert someone to your planned route.

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