Suffolk County

Woman Tackled to Ground in Broad Daylight Walking Trail Ambush on Long Island

The suspect put his hand over her mouth and made sexual comments but was scared off when another walker approached and the victim screamed

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Police are looking for a man they say tackled a woman on a hiking trail on Long Island earlier this week, putting his hand over his mouth and making sexual comments before her screams made him run off, officials say.

The woman was walking on Greenway Trail, about a quarter mile from the eastern entrance in Port Jefferson Station, around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when she was tackled from behind, officials say. The man covered her mouth after pushing her to the ground.

"A man came up from behind her, sacked her and took her to the pavement ... and said lewd sexual comments to her," said Det. Lt. Sean Beran of the Suffolk County Police Department.

The attack was thwarted when another woman walking at the same time saw the whole thing and tried to intervene.

The 54-year-old victim screamed, and the suspect ran off. No physical injuries were reported.

Authorities released a surveillance image of a black sedan with a sunroof that they're looking for in connection with the attack. Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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