BALDWIN PARK, Fla. - Orlando police officers are searching for a man accused of grabbing a woman while she was running along Lake Baldwin Lane on Friday morning.
A woman out for a morning run was attacked by a stranger just before 6 a.m., police say, but she reacted fast, saving herself. Now some in the neighborhood are scared.
"I feel like it’s a very close community so yeah that shocks me," says Alexandra Weinstein, who lives in Orlando.
"It makes me scared to run in here," says Alexandra Fox, who lives in Orlando.
Investigators say a man grabbed the runner from behind. She screamed enough to scare him and he ran away. The woman was unharmed, police say.
However, runners in Baldwin Park are on high alert, saying they won't be running there in the dark. Weinstein did it once and that was enough for her.
"I think it was like 7 p.m. The sun was just dropping and we were like, 'Wow it got really dark quickly.'"
Police say incidents like this are unusual for Orlando's Baldwin Park neighborhood. In the meantime, runners say they will keep running at the park, but safety will be a concern.
"Something’s always going to happen to someone else, but that doesn’t stop you from doing your routines," Weinstein says
"You always have to just make sure you have an exit plan, what you’re going to do if something happens. You always have to be thinking about those things when you live in a world like today," adds Fox.
Special Victims Detectives are investigating and trying to work with the victim to come up with a sketch of the suspect. Anyone who might have any information about the suspect is asked to call the Orlando Police Department or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).