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Woman attacked on popular walking trail in Vernon

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This sketch was released by Vernon police after a woman was attacked while walking her dogs on a popular walking trail. This sketch was released by Vernon police after a woman was attacked while walking her dogs on a popular walking trail.
VERNON, CT (WFSB) -

The search is on in Vernon after police said a woman walking her dogs on a popular walking trail was attacked by a man.

The assault took place on the Vernon Rails to Trails between Center Road and Route 30.

According to police, the 30-year-old woman was on the trail at about 7 p.m. Wednesday when she said she saw a man jogging towards her. She told police that initially he ran past her but quickly turned around and came up behind her.

She told police that he started making comments before pushing her to the ground and pinning her.

The woman then screamed for help and the man tried to stop her. After a brief struggle, he let her go and took off toward Route 30.

Police said she suffered minor injuries and was able to provide officers with a good description of her attacker.

The man was described as being in his late 30s, was between 5'9" and 6' tall with a thin build. He had a crew cut with short gray hair and was wearing a white T-shirt and dark jeans.

Since the attack took place in a popular spot, police said someone may have seen the man either before or after the attack. Police also said it's possible that the man is a frequent user of the trail.

The police department said they have received several calls about the man and the incident. They said the assault could have been "sexually motivated."

"Don't go out by yourself," said Dennis Davey of Tolland. "Or I will have to start running with her."

Many visitors to the Vernon Rails to Trails told Eyewitness News that they were surprised and troubled by the incident.

"I would never run alone at after dusk," said Jodie Farno, who was running the Rails to Trails.

Anyone with information or who may have seen anything is asked to call police at 860-872-9126.

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