Atlanta police are investigating after a woman said she was groped and robbed by a man she smiled at on a popular walking trail.
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Woman groped, robbed while walking on Freedom Park trail, police say

Atlanta police are investigating after a woman said she was groped and robbed by a man she smiled at on a popular walking trail.

The incident occurred just before 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 on the Freedom Park trail in northeast Atlanta, according to a police report. 

The 24-year-old woman told officers she was near Freedom Parkway when she walked by a man under an overpass who was heading in the opposite direction.

She told police she smiled at the man to be polite. He then allegedly turned around, ran up to her and put his hands under her shirt and up her skirt, according to the incident report. 

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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