Jogger sexually assaulted in Hendersonville, police increasing patrols

HENDERSONVILLE, NC (WSPA) - A jogger was sexually assaulted on West Lake Ave. in Hendersonville, according police.

Police say the incident happened around 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 21.

The victim doesn't have a description because she says it was very dark.

They are asking you to contact Hendersonville Police Detective Bruce Darrah at 828-697-3042 if you have any information.

Police have offered the following safety tips:

We realize that the night time might be a favorite time or the best time, depending on your schedule to run for many people; but there needs to be a sufficient dose of suspicion when running at night. If at all possible, do not run alone at night! Two people are harder to control than one; so attackers are less likely to strike and if they do, you've just doubled your chance of survival. If you don't have someone to run with, get a dog. Not only do dogs make you a less attractive target, dogs can sometimes sense danger before people can. Do Not Run with your earphones so loud you can't hear what is around you. When you have loud music blaring in your ears, you can't hear a potential attacker come up behind you. This could also slow your reaction time. Consider altering your route. When we run the same route; or the same two routes, day after day, at the same time, it could make you an easier target for attackers. Plus altering your route makes you harder to track. Altering your routes should keep you more alert because you are traversing a different terrain. The more alert you are, the more likely you are to escape an attack. Consider running against traffic. This can make it harder for someone to abduct you in a vehicle if you see them coming. This also helps prevent traffic related accidents, especially if you like to run in the early morning or at dusk. Last, carry mace; but be very familiar with it. You can buy runner's mace in a small can (3/4 ounce) that has a Velcro strap that fits easily around your hand or wrist. It is effective up to eight to 12 feet away—depending on aim—and one burst is usually enough to stop someone.

Police say they have intensely increased their patrols in the area.

They are encouraging you to contact dispatch if you run the city streets after hours.

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