PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Schuylkill River Trail was named the best urban trail in America by Reader’s Choice for obvious reasons. However, last month, two cases of indecent exposure muddied the trail.
On Thursday, a 24-year-old woman was slashed in broad daylight. Police say that the victim was walking on the trail with a friend when they noticed that they were being followed.READ MORE: Spirit Airlines Adding 7 New Flight Destinations From Philadelphia
When the woman rounded the stairwell, up to Walnut St., that’s when police say the suspect came up behind her and said “you don’t know anything,” and slashed her in the forehead.READ MORE: Amazon Web Services Outage Affecting Many Online Sites
The victim was listed in stable condition and a person of interest is in custody.
In light of these events, the community action group, Run 215, says the launch of their Schuylkill River Trail watch patrol group will be pushed up to the end of the month.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Delaware Officials To Provide COVID-19 Update
Most trail goers told Eyewitness News that they are unwilling to live in fear, but the watch group did suggest a list of things for trail goers to keep in mind.
- Don’t wear headphones
- Keep your head up
- Trust your gut
- Run with a buddy and a phone
- Avoid dimly lit and overgrown areas
- Always call 911