COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A woman walking the Olentangy Trail Saturday morning was grabbed from behind and pulled toward the woods by an armed man.
The man, who carried a small, black handgun, came up to the 26-year-old walker on a stretch of the Olentangy Trail north of the Dublin Road, according to a release by Columbus Division of Police.
He surprised her from behind, showed her his gun, and grabbed her at 11:05 a.m., police said. He took her cell phone, and pulled her toward the woods.
Columbus Police Sgt. Shaun Laird said the case is extra concerning because the suspect tried to take the woman further off the trail after he got what he demanded.
A person jogging along the trail saw the woman’s signal for help, and flagged down two men nearby.
As the men neared the robber, he let go of the woman and ran south along the trail.
The freed woman and the jogger ran the opposite direction and called the police, the press release said.
Police said that more often than not, crimes like this happen later in the day, but added it’s a reminder that it can happen any time.
“The frequency, it is a little less, but we always have to remember we could be a victim at any time,” Laird said.
Walker Shannon Latsko said there are portions of the trail where crimes like these could be likely.
“I am surprised and then I’m not surprised because, as you can see, it’s really busy around here, but I also think there’s a lot of areas where you don’t have a lot of contact, even if traffic or people are nearby, so kind of apprehensive to travel on the path alone for sure,” Latsko said.
Anyone with any information on the attack is asked to contact Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.