Police: Increase in reported area assaults possibly tied to warmer weather

(WJLA) - Park Police are out in full force along a popular area trail after a woman was assaulted. And it’s not just here – there have been a number of reported assaults over the past few weeks, which police say could be tied to our warmer weather.

"It makes a lot of sense, but it's a scary thought -- obviously there's a lot more people out when the weather gets nicer," said jogger Mandy Jansen.

On April 1 in Georgetown, a man robbed a woman near the waterfront, forced her into the woods at Glover-Archbold Park, and sexually assaulted her. Police have since released a sketch of the suspect.

On April 6 in Frederick County, a man attacked two women on a jogging path at the Walkersville Community Park. The women managed to fight him off. Police also released a suspect sketch in that case.

On April 7 in Rosslyn, a man grabbed a woman from behind, spun her around, and exposed himself.

Then on Monday, April 21, in Takoma Park, a man groped a woman who was jogging on the popular Sligo Creek Trail.

"Oh boy, that's terrible...I guess we'll keep our eyes open," said bicyclist Sheila Blake.

"I have a lot of friends and neighbors who come here to walk and run and jog, so that's disturbing news," added Carol Christensen.

Neighbors have been warning each other via the community Listserv, urging women to take the necessary precautions.

"Always have your phone on you, always be aware of your surroundings, don't be too plugged in so that you're not aware of your surroundings," said jogger Susie Branson.