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Walker accosted by screaming man

Published September 08. 2010 05:00PM

West Penn Township police, assisted by Tamaqua police, are attempting to put together the pieces of an incident which occurred along a walking path Tuesday morning. The incident began between 11 a.m. and noon when a woman notified township police officer Melissa Johnson she was attacked while walking on the path which extends from Dairy Road in West Penn to the borough of Tamaqua, paralleling SR309. The woman stated she was walking north at the one mile marker when a male jumped out of the woods in front of her. He is reported to be five feet, nine inches in height, wearing a tan shirt, blue jeans. bandana and sunglasses. He was reported to be muscular in build. He reportedly screamed at her at which point she ran from the scene. The victim also reported at the same time she heard a woman scream from a nearby wooded area. West Penn and Tamaqua police searched the path from West Penn to the Owl Creek Road access for several hours. Police are asking anyone who may have seen this person or anyone acting suspicious to call police immediately. Police did not identify the victim or where she resides. Police did state she parked her car along Dairy Road where she accessed the path. The victim was not injured in the incident.

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