The woman told investigators she hit her attacker repeatedly with open and closed fists to get him to stop. He then snatched her iPhone and continued walking down the trail, authorities said.
The woman ran to a nearby restaurant, where she called police and reported the assault.
The suspect was described as a man in his 40s and about 5-foot-5, authorities said. He was wearing a black Denver Broncos shirt.
After taking the report, officers returned to the trail to search for surveillance cameras that might have captured the incident, but found none. Police were also unable to track the stolen cellphone because the woman did not have the “Find My iPhone” application enabled.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Atlanta police.
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The alleged attack happened Saturday night at Hedges, near the University of Georgia campus.