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Female jogger assaulted in Alexandria

Monday - 11/21/2011, 3:24pm  ET

WASHINGTON - Alexandria Police are investigating an assault that occurred early Monday morning on a female jogger.

Police say a woman was jogging at 6 a.m. in the 200 block of E. Del Ray Avenue when she was grabbed from behind by a man.

The suspect inappropriately touched the victim.

The victim screamed and the suspect pushed her to the ground and fled on foot.

The suspect was last seen running toward Mount Vernon Avenue.

He is described as an unknown race make wearing a black puffy thigh length coat, a black skull cap and dark pants.

Anyone with information about this incident or who might have been in the area is asked to call Det. Kevin Thomas at 703-746-6273 or the Criminal Investigations Section at 703-746-6711.

The Alexandria Police Department is reminding joggers to remember the following safety tips while out running:

  • Avoid running with headphones
  • Run in well lit areas
  • Try and run with a partner when possible
  • Keep a cell phone with you at all times
  • Let people know what routes you plan to take.
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