Two Women Walking Alone Attacked Near Hyattsville Trail

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    Police in Hyattsville say two recent attacks on women walking alone at night were likely the work of the same suspect. News4's Derrick Ward reports. (Published Friday, Jul 25, 2014)

    Police in Hyattsville say two recent attacks on women walking alone at night were likely the work of the same suspect.

    The first incident was reported July 10 just after 10 p.m. Police say a woman was walking home from the West Hyattsville Metro station when a man jumped out of the woods and attempted to assault her.

    "He approached her, she got on the phone like she was calling her boyfriend, and [the suspect] attempted to grab her," Lt. Chris Purvis with Hyattsville Police said. 

    Purvis said the woman was able to get away, and the suspect ran back into the woods.

    Two weeks later, another woman walking home alone just before 1 a.m. July 23 was attacked by a man in the same area. 

    "He jumped out of the woods, same description, he approached her, said, 'What's up?' and physically attacked her," Purvis said.