• Two women assaulted while running in Suwannee

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    SUWANEE, Ga. - Police are tracking down leads to catch a man who assaulted two women on an early morning run in Suwanee.

    Police say the attack happened around 6 a.m. Monday along Eva Kennedy Road in Suwanee. Two women out for an early morning run were surprised by a man who they said "came out of nowhere."

    “It’s extremely frightening,” said avid runner Elizabeth Olivia.

    Olivia told Channel 2’s Tom Regan the attack is a reminder that even women running in pairs can be vulnerable.

    Police say the two victims were running when a man suddenly rushed up from behind them.

    “"He just approached them trying to start a conversation, ‘Hey are you runners? I'm a runner,’" said Suwanee police Capt. Cass Mooney.

    Police say the man then lunged toward the women.

    “Grabbed one of the women on the buttocks,” said Mooney. “They ran a little further and called 911. While one was on the phone with us, he grabbed another woman on the buttocks and the breast.”

    Police say he made a statement that he “just wanted to touch them.”

    The victims described the attacker as a black male, 5'9" and wearing a red shirt with white lettering on it and khaki pants.

    “It’s very unnerving,” a runner told Regan. “I run with my dog, I have mace in my hand, but the fact that I get concerned that I can't run out here by myself is pretty scary."

    Another woman said she often walks her dog along the road early in the morning and she always considered it a safe place to walk.

    “'Sometimes I walk the dog at 4 o'clock in the morning,” said Jean Connelly, who lives nearby. “That really surprises me.”

    This attack follows a brutal assault on a jogger along the Silver Comet Trail last week. Police are still investigating that attack.

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