SAGAMORE HILLS, Ohio (WOIO) - The National Park Service is looking for a man who assaulted a woman jogging on Old Carriage Trail in Sagamore Hills Sunday.
Around 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 17, an unknown person wearing a ski mask assaulted a female runner on the Old Carriage Trail in Sagamore Hills within Cuyahoga Valley National Park, according to a Cuyahoga Valley National Park Facebook post.
The man was wearing a hat, dark ski gloves, a dark zip-up heavy jacket and dark work pants. He is described as a white man with medium build and height.
The runner got away without any physical injuries. However, the attack is a shock for residents in the normally calm and quiet neighborhood.
The trail starts in the Greenwood Village area of Sagamore Hills. One woman who lives just up the street told 19 News, “it’s concerning.”
She said she won’t walk on the trail by herself anymore after this. But, she said it’s not uncommon in the area. “I know several of my neighbors walk their dogs by themselves. Women.”
Karen Croeze was walking her dog up the street from the trail. She said, “I’ve never heard anything like this [happening].” Croeze said she’s “worried since I go down on the trail with my dog by myself. I’ve thought about buying some pepper spray now.”
Sagamore Police said anyone walking or running on a trail or isolated area should stay aware and vigilant. They said the best thing to do is go with a partner. If you have to go alone, they told 19 News it’s important to always bring a cell phone. It’s also a good idea to bring pepper spray or a whistle on you neck if you have to alert for help.
Sagamore Hills Police are increasing patrols to the area and the park service says more rangers will be on the trail.
If you have information that could help solve this case, please contact the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch (ISB). Call or text the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009. Tips can be submitted online here.