Man attacks girl on bike path after feigning injury

August 21, 1993|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer Staff writer Kris Antonelli contributed to this article.

An article in Saturday's Sun gave the wrong date for an attack on a 14-year-old girl on a bike trail in Anne Arundel County. The incident occurred Aug. 12.

The Sun regrets the error.

Anne Arundel County police are looking for a man who assaulted a 14-year-old Glen Burnie girl on a popular bicycle path after he lured her to his side by claiming that he was injured.

The attack Thursday afternoon on the B & A Trail occurred less than two miles from an isolated wooded area where another 14-year-old girl had been slain earlier this year.


"There is no evidence to suggest they are linked," said Officer Terry Crowe, a police spokesman. "But we are checking into the possibilitythat the two incidents could be linked."

Lisa Haenel of Glen Burnie was found stabbed to death Jan. 16 in a ravine about 150 feet from a shortcut students use through the woods to school. Police believe that the Old Mill Senior High ninth-grader was killed the previous morning as she walked to school. Police have made no arrests in the slaying.

In Thursday's incident, the girl told police she was walking along the hiker-biker path, near Morningside Drive north of Marley Station Mall, shortly before 4:30 p.m.

She said she saw a man lying at the bottom of a hill near a stream and walked over to ask if he was all right. The man told her he had fallen and was hurt. When she asked if he needed help, he replied that he did and that others who had seen him kept walking.

When the girl approached him, he grabbed her arms, police said. She began to kick and scream, and he hit her on the right side of her face, police said.

As she tried to run, the man grabbed and tore her shirt. The girl ran to a house in the 500 block of Morningside Drive, where residents called police.

The man was last seen running north on the bike trail. He was described by police as a black male in his late teens or early 20s, with broad shoulders, about 5 feet 6, with short black hair and a gold hoop earring in his left ear. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with a brightly colored Tasmanian Devil on the front, and blue jean shorts that hung below his knees.

Officer Crowe said police did not immediately release details of the attack because they had put undercover officers in the area in the hope that the man would return.

Anyone with information on the assault should call Detective John Brown of the Anne Arundel County police at 222-3467.

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