Police warn of man lurking on bike path

Police today issued a warning about a man lurking on the bike path after a woman reported the harassment of her 15-year-old daughter as she was walking home one evening in August.

The girl was walking alone on the bike path between Normal and Walker avenues behind Hunter Park when a man wearing a black ski mask looked down her shirt and pants by pulling the clothing away from her body, her mother reported on Thursday. She was not physically injured during the incident, police said.

Police interviewed the girl late Tuesday. She described the man as dressed all in black, about five feet, nine inches tall with grayish-blue eyes. Police do not have an approximate age. The girl could not recall the exact date of the incident, only that it occurred between Aug. 3 and Aug. 21 between 5 and 6 p.m.

"She was extremely surprised by what had occurred," Deputy Chief Rich Walsh said. "Our big concern is what this person actually did and what his intentions are and what his intentions might be in the future. We want people to be aware that something like this has happened, and they need to be more cautious and aware of these types of things."

After the incident, the man took off down the bike path and turned off near the batting cages at Hunter Park, Walsh said. He had not removed any clothing, including the mask, and would have looked suspicious.

Anyone with more information on the case should contact the Ashland Police Department at 482-5211. Detective Steve Brown is handling the case.

Staff writer Julie French can be reached at 482-3456 ext. 227.

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