Suspect sought in Metropolitan Branch Trail attack

(WJLA) - On Tuesday evening, we noted a flurry of activity along this stretch of the trail – so it was stunning to hear of two attacks that took place in broad daylight here.

Victim Chanel Marshall left work about 5 p.m. on Monday evening, and was taking the trail to the metro station as she usually does. That is when she says she first spotted her attacker:

"I made sure I made eye contact with him because he just didn't seem quite right."

Seconds later, when Marshall heard him running up behind her, she turned to confront him:

"I asked him, 'What do you want?'"

Then as she continued to walk, the suspect suddenly grabbed her from behind.

"I know self-defense, so I was able to fight him off and yelled loud enough so that a co-worker way ahead of me turned around," said Marshall.

This was the second attack in one day along the same stretch of trail, as police say a juvenile tried to sexually assault a woman at about noon earlier on in the day. Police have since arrested that suspect, but Marshall’s attacker remains at large.

She now has a small cut on her chin from fighting him off, but otherwise feels pretty lucky.

"I'm just thankful that I know enough to keep myself kind of safe -- at least enough to get away," said Marshall.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.