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70-year-old woman thwarts sexual assault attempt

September 14, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va.-- A 70-year-old Jefferson County woman escaped an attempted sexual assault Monday morning near the Sulphur Springs Road bridge over Opequon Creek south of Martinsburg, according to police.

The woman was able to break free from a young white male who attacked her from behind as she was putting items in her car, according to a news release from Sgt. B.F. Hall of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The woman told police the man dragged her away from the road, near the intersection with Strobridge Road, into a wooded area, where she managed to escape and flag down a vehicle for help. Police responded to the scene at about 9:30 a.m.

The woman was treated for scratches and bruising at City Hospital in Martinsburg and released, according to Hall.

The woman told police the man who attacked her was about 6 feet tall with a medium build and had short, light brown hair, according to the news release. He was wearing blue jeans and might have left the scene in a small, red car after fleeing some distance on foot, the release states.

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Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth M. Lemaster Jr. said the woman was very familiar with the area and had made a special trip to gather walnuts.

"I think she did great by fighting him off," Lemaster said.

Anyone with information about the incident may contact Hall at 304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

                 

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