Police: Sexual Assault Victim Left Naked, Unconscious In Pennypack Park

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A woman tells police she was biking through a local park when she was attacked and knocked unconscious, when she awoke, she says her clothes were gone and she’d been sexually assaulted.

According to police, the attack allegedly took place on the 3000 block of Rhawnn Street in Pennypack Park.

A 55-Year-Old woman claims she grabbed from behind by an unknown male, forced from her bicycle and thrown over a guardrail into the park.

The victim says, once in the wooded area, the male placed his hands over her nose and mouth until she was unconscious. News of the attack caught several people out exercising near the popular park off guard.

“I’m definitely unsettled, I didn’t think it would ever happen here,” said a jogger. “You head about it in other parts of Fairmount Park, but certainly not here.

The victim, who isn’t being identified, says she has no memory of the attack, only that when she awoke she was naked, wearing only her shoes.

“It’s a blitzkrieg type of attack. He spontaneously takes her right off the bike,” said Captain John Darby of the Philadelphia Police Department. “They go down the embankment, into an area that’s kind of remote and the assault takes place.”

The victim says all of her belongings, including her blue mountain bike and cell phone were missing.
Philadelphia Police are urging park goers to express caution as the suspect remains at large.

Natasha Brown reports…

“Go with a partner, whether you’re biking or walking. Keep a cell phone close at hand and keep aware of your surroundings,” warns Darby.

The male is described as a white male approximately 30-35 years of age, 6 feet, medium build, and clean shaven.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Special Victims, or 9-1-1.

Reported by Ben Bowens, CBSPhilly.com

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  1. ed says:

    Obtain a permit to carry a pistol or revolver, and practice occasionally at your local range. NO… ONE should rely on the mercy of strangers to be left unmolested.. Ed / Florida.

  2. ed says:

    Obtain a permit to carry a pistol or revolver, and practice occasionally at your local range. On one should rely on the mercy of strangers to be left unmolested.. Ed / Florida.

  3. Anonymous says:

    @ HH OF OXFORD CIRCLE: YOU REALLY DO NEED SOME SPEECH THERAPY. EITHER THAT, OR YOU’VE BEEN HANGING AROUND TOO MANY ILLITERATE, IGNORANT PEOPLE SUCH AS YOURSELF. IF I WERE YOU, I’D START SURROUNDING MYSELF WITH SOME EDUCATED PEOPLE SO THAT THEY CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO SPEAK PROPERLY.

  4. Dani says:

    Who in the hell wrote this story? Misspellings and typos abound, are there no editors around??

  5. tom says:

    My god, I shaved today.. Perhaps I am a suspect

  6. md says:

    “White” could also mean hispanic. The Phila police skew the crime stats. by placing hispanic males in the “white” or caucasian category. If you don’t believe me, checkout the Phila. Police Crime Stats. on theire website. http://www.ppd.com

  7. Ivan Yurkenon says:

    This case is all but closed, “The male is described as a white male approximately 30-35 years of age, 6 feet, medium build, and clean shaven. ”

    Now, if we could only get such complete descriptions of the Flash Mob Gangs, we could clean up Philadelphia.

    Ivan

  8. Smitty77 says:

    What ever happened to the City of Brotherly Love?

  9. stickfigure says:

    It the attacker was blacks, or brown, would there have been any description at all?

  10. Mary Smith says:

    My daughter was walking in the Musuem area in the middle of the day and was knocked down by two teens, had her ipod ripped away from her. She got up and screamed and chased them getting her ipod back, they were caught by nearby police officers. Summoned to court (whatever) and after waiting hours was told that she would be notified when sentenced and at least she got her ipod back!!!! That was years ago!!
    CRIME WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES!!!!!!

  11. palidin says:

    jogger: “I didn’t think it could happen here.”

    Why not, Philadelphia is becoming a $h!th0le with thugs and criminal overwhelming decent society.

  12. Wow says:

    Now all they have to do is find a white man that shaves.

  13. jack markowitz says:

    Philadelphia has the most part land of any other city in the USA. People used to require an AK-47 to stroll through Central Park in NYC. Now Philadelphia’s parks have become every bit as dangerous. Never go to the parks alone. The park land should be sold off to developers since the crime in the parks makes them unusable. If you do go to the parks be aware that you are entering a War Zone and that you may not come out alive. Enjoy beautiful Philadelphia. Does anyone want to buy a slightly used AK-47?

  14. Neal Boy says:

    I thought all of the white people had left Philadelphia fifty years ago.

  15. t pack says:

    That’s exactly what those northern cities deserve by outlawing personal protection. Then they put decent people on trial and let the criminals go. Politicians and judges are the real criminals here

    1. Lou Gots says:

      W.T.F.? (Not ‘Winning the Future,” the other W.T.F.

      Philadelphia has “shall-issue” gun licenses. Everyone who wants to carry a gun and who has a clean record, does so. Personally, I wouldn’t go tpo church in Philadelphia without “something in my pocket,” as they say.

      1. Ivan Yurkenon says:

        Note to Lou Gots: Philadelphia does NOT have a “shall-issue” CCW law. Point of fact, Philadelphia is given a special category defined as a “city of the first class”, which, by the statute, exempts Philadelphia from mandatory issuance of CCW licenses.

        Know the facts before displaying your ignorance for all witness.

        Ivan

      2. Reality says:

        You beat me to it Ivan. Don’t worry though, Bloomberg supports Philly’s anti second amendment laws.

  16. DaProf says:

    A cell phone? Really? That’s going to scare the bad guy away.:

    “STOP! I’ve got a CELL PHONE in my hand and I’m not afraid to use it!!”

    When seconds matter the police are only minutes away..

  17. Sheltiman says:

    Thank goodnes he was a white male, otherwise we would not have gotten a decent description of the perp. Now maybe we can find him.

  18. PHILLYGURL says:

    THIS IS NO EXCUSE FOR THINGS LIKE THESE TO HAPPEN, BUT WHY DO WOMEN KEEP EXPOSING THEMSELVES TO SITUATIONS LIKE THIS IN PLACES THAT THEY KNOW COULD BE DANGEROUS?

  19. Carolyn says:

    I wouldn’t risk my life for exercise let alone walking in Penney Pack Park!!! It’s just too risky…LIFE IS SHORT ENOUGH!!!

  20. H.E. Pennypacker says:

    As a resident that is not to far away from the crime scene, the news media is not reporting at what time this incident occurred. It happened at approximately midnight during the work week. While this is no excuse for what happened, all residents of the city need to be aware of their surroundings at any time. Secondly, this incident happened two weeks ago and I am wondering why this took so long for the media to pick it up.

    1. Zzbar says:

      Because the perp was white.

  21. harry p.pickle says:

    why a stun gun,,,.410 derringer mounted on the inside of her thigh would work wonderfull

  22. state engineer says:

    that why the city don’t want people carry around a stun gun , pepper sray. so pigs. can do what ever that want…i say carry anything and hell with the law.

    1. ar says:

      my tjoughts exactly. IT IS A SAD THING, BUT IT HELPS TO CARRY WEAPONS

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