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Teen's Story Of Attack By Man In Norwalk Questioned By Police

A Norwalk police cruiser is behind Roton Middle School. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Norwalk police tape is set up and officers are searching Friday in the area of the Rowayton Woods condo complex for a suspect involved in a possible attack on a teenaged girl. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

NORWALK, Conn. — Police said there are more questions than answers in the case of a teenage jogger who claimed a man jumped out of the woods and attacked her shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, police said.

In a statement issued Friday evening by Norwalk Police Department spokesman Lt. Terry Blake and posted on the department's Facebook page, police said they still have questions about the teenager's version of events.

"Upon examining the evidence, there are questions concerning the circumstances presented by the complainant. The investigation remains ongoing however at this point there does not appear to any ongoing threat or danger to residents of the area," police said.

At about 10:12 a.m. Friday, a female jogger reported being accosted by a male on a wooded path to the rear of the Rowayton Woods Condominiums located on Highland Avenue, police said.

The teen reported she had been jogging on the path when a man jumped out from behind a tree, held her down, fondled her, and scratched her with a compact-type mirror that he had been carrying, police said. She reported fighting the man off and then fleeing into a nearby condominium unit that belonged to a friend, police said.

She described the suspect as a white male in his 50s, about 6 feet tall with a heavy build, short gray spiky hair, and a red nose. He was wearing a yellow T-shirt, denim cut-off shorts, and white, orthopedic type sneakers, police said.

The report prompted a large response of the Norwalk Police Patrol and Detective Divisions, the Special Victims Unit and Crime Scene Personnel. The Connecticut State Police also assisted with a K-9 unit.

For a few hours on Friday morning, there was a large police presence as officers scoured the area. Students in programs at nearby schools, including Roton Middle School and Brien McMahon High School, were placed briefly in lockdown. Metro-North even briefly stopped trains as the area around the tracks was searched.

Anyone with information can contact the Norwalk Police Tip Line at 203-854-3111.

Anonymous Internet tips can be sent to Norwalk Police website at: www.norwalkpd.com

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