Sunday, June 23, 2024

A woman said she was assaulted Tuesday while jogging in Kingsley Park at the Fresh Pond Reservation.

An unusual, brief but unnerving bit of violence was reported Tuesday by a woman jogging the running path near Kingsley Park at the Fresh Pond Reservation, and police are taking it seriously, including coordinating with other area police forces to see if the attack fits a pattern.

The woman, a Cambridge resident, said she was jogging at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday when she passed a man standing at the path. Described as being about 5-foot, 9-inches tall with dark, buzz-cut hair, he watched the woman pass then ran after her, wrapping his arm around her shoulder and throwing her to the ground. The woman screamed and the man run up the wooden stairs toward Huron Avenue, police said. The woman’s clothing was dirty, but she was not hurt.

She is helping Cambridge police with their investigation.

“This is considered an isolated event, as there has not been a similar incident reported at the reservation in a number of years,” said the department’s communications specialist, Dan Riviello.

While not saying whether they consider this to have been an attempt at a more serious assault aborted because the woman screamed, or for some other reason, Cambridge Police have placed extra patrols in the area, and the Crime Analysis Unit is coordinating with other departments in the region to ensure this crime is not part of a pattern, Riviello said.

Police advise women to be cautious when walking alone and suggest they walk with someone else whenever possible. People are also advised not to wear headphones and to stay aware of their surroundings.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call the Cambridge Police Detective Bureau at (617) 349-3370. An anonymous tip can be sent via text message by sending the keyword TIP650 and your message to 847411 (tip411).

This post was written from a press release.