GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Greenville Police are seeking information about an assault that took place on Swamp Rabbit Trail.

On Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m., Greenville Police responded to the area behind 721 Cleveland St. in response to a woman who had been assaulted on the Swamp Rabbit Trail near Baxter St.

The victim said that while running on the trail, a male subject approached her from behind, grabbed her and attempted to pull her into the woodline. The victim was taken to the ground, but able to fight the subject off and escape, police said.

Police said the subject was wearing a neck gaiter and sunglasses, so the victim was not able to get a good look at his face. The victim advised that the subject was a black male, approximately 5’9 or shorter, and average build.

The subject was not located on scene and still has yet to be identified, police said.

It’s the same spot another runner was attacked just last year.

“We’re all runners here and we have such a tight knit community and it really just hurts me to hear about that,” Dane Simmons, who operates Run In, said.

He was surprised to hear about another attack, but wasn’t surprised about where it happened.

“I know it’s a little bit darker over there it’s kind of off, there’s not a huge population over there. So there’s not a ton of people who use that trail anyway. But it seems like that is the trouble spot,” Simmons said.

Simmons hopes this incident reminds runners to think about safety before heading out.

“You always want to run either with a group or with another person,” Simmons said.

There’s even devices that can be helpful to anyone on the trail in the event they are targeted.

“It’s just got a little rip cord on it so if you rip it when you feel threatened or anything like that it’s going to emit a very loud siren,” Simmons said.

He’s also hoping more attention is paid to that part of the trail when it comes to safety.

“Anything would help. More lights, emergency buttons, anything,” he said.

For now, he wants to drive home one message.

“To the runners and to everyone running out there, run with a buddy. Run with your phone. Take the necessary precautions when you’re out there exercising and enjoying the trail,” Simmons said.

The Greenville Police Department encourages anyone who was on the trail Saturday afternoon to contact investigators if they saw anyone matching the description. Investigators also ask those living in the immediate area to view home security systems to determine if they captured the suspect fleeing the area.

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers at 23-CRIME.

Police are offering general safety tips below for trail users to take into consideration before venturing out onto the Swamp Rabbit Trail:
· Run with a friend or a dog
· Join a local running group
· Avoid using earbuds at high volume or anything else that prevents you from hearing what is going on around you
· If you have to run alone, let someone know where you are going and when you should be back
· Carry a cell phone with you
· Consider alternating your route
· Wear reflective clothing
· Notify the police department immediately if you see anything/anyone suspicious