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Woman inappropriately touched by man on Oak Leaf Trail, Glendale police say

Posted at 9:58 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 11:35:03-05

GLENDALE — Glendale Police are investigating after a woman reported being inappropriately touched on the Oak Leaf Trail early Friday morning.

According to authorities, it happened at the part of the trail that crosses over W. Marne Ave. and North Port Washington Road. That's where police say a woman was walking on a trail when she noticed a man also walking on the trail, before he came up behind her and touched her.

She described the suspect to police as a white male, about 20-25 years old, six feet tall, medium build. The suspect could possibly have a mustache and be wearing a red and gray winter hat, a gray puffy winter jacket and possibly blue jeans.

Glendale Police are increasing patrol in the area. In the meantime, police are reminding the public of safety tips while on a trail. Police advise you to be aware of your surroundings and walk with someone and in a well-lit, well-traveled area. Police suggest carrying a cell phone or some sort of tracking device.

Meanwhile, the report is giving people who walk on the trail pause.

"I feel safe here, to tell you the truth, but now I guess I'm going to be a little more cautious when I come out of the building at night," said Bernard Van Engel, who works nearby.

"It causes me to hesitate," said runner Mary Phung. "I know I see police around here all the time, so that always makes me feel safe."

"I don't think think Oak Leaf Trail is particularly unsafe," said Tim Strane, who says he walks on the trail at least once a week. "I don't hear about incidents like that happening."

If you have any information, contact Glendale Police at (414) 228-1753.

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