Authorities are warning those who use the Northwest Branch hiking and biking trail near the West Hyattsville Metro station about a rash of assaults in that area in recent months.
This section of the Northwest Branch Trail serves as a shortcut to the West Hyattsville station, and it has also become the scene of five sexual assaults since January. The latest attack happened April 20 around 5 p.m, Maryland National Capital Park Police tell NBC Washington.
In that incident, a woman was enjoying the trail when she was approached by a man with a gun. The man forced her into the wooded areas alongside the trail and then sexually assaulted her.
The suspect's description matches that of victims in all five attacks, described as a hispanic male between 5/55/7 and heavyset, police have plastered the area with posters with the suspect's description, got an LED sign with a phone number, telling folks to report any s uspicious activity alongside the trail.