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No new clues in attack on woman jogging in Point Defiance Park

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
July 28, 2011 2:16 pm

Tacoma police detectives  interviewed a woman today who was attacked Tuesday night while jogging in Point Defiance Park but gleaned no clues about the attacker’s identity or motive.

“She doesn’t remember anything past when she lost consciousness,” Tacoma police Mark Fulghum said this afternoon. “She never saw (the attacker).”

The 27-year-old woman was jogging along Five Mile Drive about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday when she heard footsteps. She thought it might be someone running up behind her and didn’t turn around, police said.

She then felt something around her neck and an impact to her body. She blacked out. When she woke up, she was fully clothed and alone on the side of the road, police said.

The woman went to Tacoma General Hospital and called 911. She was treated at the hospital for marks on her neck and bruises on her arms and left side.

Since the woman didn’t see who attacker her, police have no description to release. Detectives do not believe the woman was sexually assaulted or robbed.

“Something happened,” Fulghum said.

Fulghum said attacks such as Tuesday’s are uncommon in Point Defiance Park.

“It’s not a place where we have a lot of problems,” he said.

Most of the complaints regarding the park and Five Mile Drive focus on the drivers, who might be speeding or driving dangerously for the joggers and walkers.

“Most of the complaints we get from the park are traffic related,” Fulghum said.

Patrol officers have been notified of the attack. They are going through the area as time allows during their shifts, Fulghum said.

Investigators ask anyone who saw the attack or anyone suspicious in the park Tuesday night to call the department at 253-798-4721 or Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

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