Police are now calling the attack on a female jogger last night a sexual assault. The woman was jogging in Bethesda around 7 p.m. on the Capital Crescent Trail near Brookeway Drive.
"She slowed and stopped for a group of deer that were crossing the trail when she was struck from behind in the head," said Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks.
Police say the 21-year-old woman was knocked unconscious and dragged into the woods. When she awoke, she found her way back to the trail, where a male jogger passing by brought her into a nearby home and called police.
The victim was transported to the hospital with a head injury and remains in the hospital this morning. Police say she is in serious but stable condition and has spoken to detectives.
Earlier this year another female jogger was attacked and sexually assaulted on the Capital Crescent Trail.
Police are not releasing any details about the attacker at this time. The investigation is ongoing.