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Woman attacked on Loudoun County trail

Monday - 5/23/2011, 1:54pm  ET

Hank Silverberg,

HERNDON - A nice Sunday ride on a popular biking trail got a little scary for two local women and now police are warning people using the trail to travel in pairs.

The two women were biking along the Washington and Old Dominion trail Sunday afternoon near Oakgrove Road in Loudoun County. They stopped briefly and that's when one of the women was grabbed by a man they had seen walking on the trail.

Loudoun County Sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell says the woman managed to get away.

"They did follow him off the trail into some of the neighborhoods surrounding the W&OD trail. They apparently lost sight of him near Earl Wallace Drive near Old Ox Road," he says.

Police do not have a description of the suspect.

Troxell says if you use the trail it's a good idea to travel in pairs and to bring a cell phone for emergencies.

A few years ago, several similar incidents prompted increased patrols on the W&OD which runs 45 miles from Alexandria into Loudoun County.

This is the only recent incident. More than three million people use the trail each year.

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