Police increase patrols after woman attacked while rollerblading on B-Line Trail

Witness scared off attacker, called for help

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Bloomington Police are increasing patrols of the popular B-Line Trail after a woman was assaulted while rollerblading Sunday afternoon.

A 23-year-old woman told police she was skating on the trail near Adams Street when a man tackled her, hit her several times and started pulling at her clothes.

"Her concern is that it may have been an attempted sexual assault because he then began moving down towards her shorts in an attempt to remove them," said Captain Joe Qualters with Bloomington Police.

A witness with a cellphone scared off the attacker and called for help, police said.

Police plan to have more officers on the trail on foot, on bikes and on four wheels, but they are also asking people using the trail to take precautions, such as carrying a whistle.

Runner Theresa Ochoa said she'll now consider using a whistle while on the trail.

"I don't like pepper spray. I have had accidents where I end up hurting myself instead of any aggressor," she said. "A whistle would be great. I do have one at home, honestly I never even thought about it."

Bloomington Police say this weekend’s assault is the first of this kind on the trail.

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