Police investigating misdemeanor sexual assault on Ellerbe Creek Trail

Police are investigating a misdemeanor sexual assault reported by a runner Sunday afternoon on the Ellerbe Creek Trail near Northgate Park.

A woman told officers she was running on the trail around 3 p.m. when a male rode by her on a bicycle, according to Durham Police Department spokeswoman Kammie Michael. The male turned around, rode up to her and grabbed her buttocks, Michael wrote in a crime alert.

The woman screamed, and he rode away.

The suspect was described as a black male, 18 to 20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and 150 to 160 pounds. He was wearing a gray or white hoodie, camouflage pants and a backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 919-560-4440, ext. 29349.

Virginia Bridges: 919-829-8924, @virginiabridges

Safety tips

Durham Police Department safety tips:

▪ Be aware of your surroundings

▪ Call 911 to report any suspicious activities

▪ Do not walk alone

▪ Try to remain in well-lit areas

▪ Trust your instincts

▪ Do not walk/run with earbuds or headphones

▪ Bring a cell phone