Woman grabbed on W & OD trail

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is offering safety tips after a woman was inappropriately touched while on the Washington and Old Dominion trail.

Police said a 61-year-old Leesburg woman was riding with a friend on the W & OD trail when they stopped around mile marker 22. An unknown man approached her, grabbed her from behind but fled after the woman screamed.

Police released the following tips:

•Always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings (Don't wear earphones).

•Walk, run or bike with a partner or group.

•Let someone know when you are on the trail, your route and when you expect to return.

•Walk, run or bike when the path or trail is likely to have a higher volume of foot traffic.

•Avoid using paths or trails when it is dark outside (Please note the W & OD trail is closed after dark for safety. Anyone on the trail after dark is considered to be trespassing).

•Carry a cell phone