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Police: Sex Assault On Woodbury Walking Path

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Update Aug. 30, 2011: Woodbury Police said that after a full investigation of the incident was conducted, they’ve determined the assault in fact did not occur.

By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Police sent out a neighborhood warning in Woodbury Saturday night after a woman was sexually assaulted on a walking path earlier that morning.

The assault took place at around 5:30 a.m. while a 33-year-old woman was jogging along a path in Markgrafs Lake Park in Woodbury.

The victim suffered injuries and was treated by doctors at Woodwinds hospital. She was not able to give police a description of her attacker because it was still dark when the incident took place.

Police have no suspect in custody and the community is on edge. For some, the park’s image has been tarnished.

“I will never go alone again, daylight or the evening,” said Lisa Sweeny, who was on the path 45 minutes after the assault took place. “I will always have someone with me. It’s just unnerving.”

Police said they believe the man responsible acted alone and they have not received any other reports of assaults in the area.

Police are telling people who live around Markgrafs Lake not to use the walking path alone.

The Woodbury Police Department will continue to investigate.

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