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Police, Joggers More Vigilant After Park Assault

"Safety is in numbers, so we want them to run with someone if they have to run in the dark," says Officer Don Martin of the Tyler Police Department.

That's what a woman and her boyfriend were doing Friday night. There was no one else on the trail, so it was hard to see.

There are many different trails at Rose Rudman. They curve all the way through the woods, and some of them are heavily wooded. The man and woman got separated somehow. Then, all of the sudden, out of nowhere, the woman said the attacker struck.

Martin: "There are so many woods around the park which makes it beautiful, but also it makes it a haven for criminal activity."

Those who use Rose Rudman are watching their surroundings. But many of them are exercising in the daytime.

"I come early in the morning, nine-ish or ten-ish when there's always a lot of traffic," says walker Natalie Hooker. There is traffic on foot and on the road. Natalie's near the street, where she's easily seen.

"I normally don't go in the back part unless I see walkers out there," she says.

Jogger Joanne Lim says sometimes things don't seem right.

"Last time when I was here, I saw some men walking by themselves. They didn't look like they were working out," she says.

"We are going to stepping up patrols because of what happened the other night," says Officer Martin.

Police say they don't want folks to stop using the trails, but just stay vigilant for danger that can be around any turn.

The woman was able to give police a description of the suspect. He is described as a black male in his early 20s, 5'8" to 5'10", weighing between 150 and 160 pounds. At the time, he was wearing a white t-shirt and black or grey sweat pants.

Reported by Morgan Palmer. morganpalmer@kltv.com


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