Woman fights off alleged attacker on east Cobb walking trail

A woman was able to fight back and snap a picture of a man she said attacked her Monday on an east Cobb County walking trail. 

The Roswell woman was walking alone on the wooded trail at Fullers Park around 5:15 p.m. when she heard the sound of footsteps behind her, Channel 2 Action News reported. She turned around to see a man standing behind her. 

"He grabbed me by the neck and tried to kiss me, and I used the knuckles, the back of my hands, to hit the back of his head before running back to the car,” she told the news station, which agreed not to identify her.

The woman said she confronted him later in a more populated area of the park on Robinson Road. She took a photo of the man she believed responsible on her cellphone and called police.

Officers searched the park Monday night and came up short. The woman provided the photo to Channel 2, but Cobb County police have not confirmed the man shown is the assault suspect.  

The incident comes after police opened investigations into two alleged sexual assaults in public spaces, including one at an Atlanta park.

Last week, a 14-year-old Grady High School student told a friend she was raped by three classmates when they skipped class to hang out at Piedmont Park. Atlanta police were alerted to the alleged assault when the girl’s friend told a gym coach. 

Three male students were arrested and charged with one count each of false imprisonment, aggravated sodomy and criminal attempt. They are not being named because they are minors. 

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Another Atlanta teenager was arrested last Thursday in connection with a sexual assault in northwest Atlanta. D’Shawn Garrison, 17, is accused of raping a 54-year-old woman who was jogging on Abner Place.

A witness saw what was happening, helped stop the assault and held Garrison until officers arrived, Atlanta police said. 

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Just two days before, Garrison bonded out of jail on a theft charge, AJC.com previously reported. He is being held without bond on multiple charges related to the Thursday incident.

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