Police credited a man walking on the South Ellerbe Creek Trail with chasing off another man who had assaulted a 16-year-old girl on the trail Sunday evening.
The girl was assaulted about 8 p.m. The Good Samaritan chased the suspect away from her, police said.
The girl was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.
The attacker was described as black and having a beard. He wore jeans and a green shirt with “Gucci” printed on it several times, police were told.
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Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.
The South Ellerbe Trail is a paved path that runs 1.4 miles between West Trinity Street and West Club Boulevard, the city’s website states.
Police have a list of safety precautions for people using trails in the city or other areas where there may be few or no people around:
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Bring a cell phone
- Call 911 to report any suspicious activities
- Do not walk alone
- Try to remain in well-lit areas
- Trust your instincts
- Do not walk/run with ear buds or headphones