Bloomington police add patrols after Fourth of July attack

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (July 7, 2015) -- Police are stepping up their patrols of the popular B-Line trail after an attack on a runner over the weekend.

The attack happened in an area south of Hillside Road, where the trail is relatively secluded. The victim told police she was running by herself at around 7:30 p.m. on July 4 when a man jumped out of the woods and grabbed her by the neck.

"(He) pushed her down to the ground and started choking her," Bloomington Police Chief Mike Diekhoff said.

Diekhoff said that because it happened  during daylight hours and the woman immediately screamed for help, she was able to save herself.

"There were other people on the trail at that time so that helped draw attention to herself which we do believe helped scared the guy off," Diekhoff said.

The man ran back into woods and police officers could not locate him.

Since then, Susan Duhon has heard about the attack. She uses the trail frequently since it runs between her home and downtown Bloomington.

"I noted it. It's happened before although not frequently," Duhon said. "You see police a little more often."

This marked the second summer in a row that Bloomington Police upped patrols on the trail. Last summer they caught a teenager after a woman was robbed at gunpoint. Diekhoff said he hoped to catch the culprit in this case as well, but still thinks the trail is safe overall.

"Officers are frequently crossing the trail. They’re on the trail, just checking things and making sure things are okay," Diekhoff said.

If you have any information in this case, you should call Bloomington Police right away.

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