Sketch released of suspect in Freedom Parkway Trail failed attack

Atlanta police have released a sketch of a man suspected of attacking a jogger on the heavily-traveled Freedom Parkway Trail earlier this month.

Emory University medical student Pearl Ryder told police a man came out of a stand of trees near the path where North and Euclid avenues intersect around 11 a.m. on Aug. 11.

A man“jumped out of the wood line and started to run behind her very close,” according to an Atlanta Police Department incident report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ryder told police that she turned around and yelled at the suspect, “Hey! Hey!”

“That is when he grabbed at her and she put her arms up in a defensive stance and yelled louder, ‘What are you doing?,’ ” the incident report says. “The suspect then backed away and retreated back into the woods.”

Ryder was not injured.

After the incident, police searched the area but could find no one who matched the description Ryder gave.

With help of a sketch, police are hoping someone will call with information. There is a $2,000 reward for information that could lead to his arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information can call the criminal investigation division in APD zone six at 404-373-5331 or 404-373- 5332. Information can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637).

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