What to Know
- Police released a sketch of a man accused of exposing himself and attacking a woman at a New Jersey park earlier this month.
- The man allegedly masturbated in front of a woman and lunged at her at Birch Grove Park in Northfield, New Jersey, back on May 7.
- Police also said the man may be linked to an unsolved attack at the same park back in December of 2017.
Police released a sketch of a man accused of exposing himself and attacking a woman at a New Jersey park earlier this month.
On May 7, a 28-year-old woman was jogging on the trails of Birch Grove Park in Northfield, New Jersey, when she passed by an unidentified man. The man then dropped his pants and masturbated while lunging at her and grabbing her shirt collar, according to investigators.
The woman pushed his hand away and fled the area before calling police.
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“He tried to grab me in the trails and force himself on me,” the woman said in a 911 call obtained by NBC10.
Police told NBC10 they’re investigating whether the same man who attacked the woman is also linked to an unsolved attack at the same park in December of 2017. During that incident, a woman used her keys to fight off a man who grabbed her crotch.
“The description is similar,” Northfield Police Capt. Steve Steinecke said.
On Tuesday police released a sketch of the suspect. He is described as a man between the ages of 25 and 35, standing 5-foot-11 with a thin build, round face, dark hair and slight mustache. He was also wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and gray sweat pants.
Police stepped up their patrols at the park and warned people who walk there to be careful.
“If you’re going to be running in the park or any kind of isolated area, use the buddy system,” Capt. Steinecke said. “Run with another person. And if you can’t, just stay in more populated areas.”
If you have any information on the man’s identity, please call Northfield Police at 609-641-2832 ext. 153 or dispatch at 609-641-3122.