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2 Men Ambush Woman in Sex Attack on Popular NJ Trail

The brazen attack happened in the middle afternoon on a popular trail in the typically quiet community -- and both men are still on the loose

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Authorities are looking for two strangers in a sex attack on a woman on a popular New Jersey recreation trail in the middle of the afternoon earlier this week, prosecutors said.

The woman was on Morristown's Traction Line Recreation Trail shorty before 3:45 p.m. Tuesday when prosecutors say the two men approached her and asked for cash.

She didn't give them any. One man then shoved her to the ground and sexually attacked her while the other stood by and did nothing, officials said. Both men fled the trail afterward.

" When the female victim did not provide money, the male pushed the victim to the ground and sexually assaulted her while the other male stood by," Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll said.

The trail where the attack took place is popular among runners, dog walkers and local families -- and has some rethinking their routes, including Beth Cooper.

"Super scary," Cooper said.

Morristown resident Wes Shun said he is shocked at the news of the attack.

"It's a safe trail," Shun said. "Lot of people on this trail, so I'm kind of shocked by this news."

Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon also said an attack of this in the area was "unusual."

"In broad daylight and an open area, it's very much unusual in our experience, so we’re very much concerned," Gannon said.

Prosecutors say the victim didn't know either man. Both are thought to be about 20 years old. One was seen riding a bicycle. Authorities released photos of them (above).

Police say the victim got a good look at her attacker, before he and his friend biked away and likely hopped on a train. Police say the friend who stood by and did nothing wore a black hoodie with this peculiar phrase, "a--holes live forever."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at 973-285-6200, the Morristown Bureau of Police at 973-538-2200 or Morris County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-SHERIFF (743-7433) or 973-COP-CALL (267-2255).

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