Assault reported at Yates Mill park

From Staff ReportsOctober 22, 2008 

— A woman reported Monday that two men tried to sexually assault her on a trail at Yates Mill County Park, the park's manager said Tuesday.

The woman reported the attack about 2:43 p.m. She said the assailants heard a noise and ran away, park manager Rebeccah Cope said.

The woman was taken from the park in an ambulance, but a spokeswoman for the Wake Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that the woman was not injured.

Sheriff's deputies using dogs searched the park Monday but found no suspects, Cope said. Officers were continuing to interview neighbors of the park off Lake Wheeler Road south of downtown, she said.

Cope said she was not sure exactly where the attack occurred but noted that the trails are wooded and secluded in places. Park officials recommend that people never hike the trails alone, she said.

The report prompted the park to increase security and place information sheets about the incident in kiosks, Cope said.

"It's unfortunate that it took place," she said. "It's very, very sad."

The Wake Sheriff's Office released few details Tuesday about the report.

Spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens said investigators were being cautious because they wanted to make sure any information made public is correct.

Stephens would say only that investigators have interviewed the woman who reported the assault. She declined to discuss the nature of the assault.

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