It was a brazen attack in one of San Antonio’s most popular natural areas.
A woman who wanted her identity protected said she was on the city’s linear Greenway Trail near Walker Ranch Park on Friday morning when she was assaulted and groped by a man who chased her down.
The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. on the Salado Creek trail where it intersects with East North Loop Road.
The woman said that she has been a frequent user of the trail for years and that she has always enjoyed the tranquility of the setting, until now.
"I just love to be here. It's beautiful!" she said. “But, I don't know. It's a lot different now. Scary. Very scary.”
The woman said that she had been jogging for a time and had decided to turn back and head for home.
"On the road, there's a man coming towards me, walking," she described.
At a spot where the road and the trail meet, she noticed the man moving suspiciously. So she picked up her pace and tried to distance herself from danger. She said that before she had a chance to cover a very short distance, she heard the rustle of leaves.
"I even heard, right at the last minute, the stomping of his boots," she said. "He was right in front of me. He was grabbing me. He grabbed my behind. He put his other hand on my hip. I was ready to defend myself."
She said that she turned to strike the man with her elbow and that was enough to scare him away, but not before laughing at her.
She said that the man had a cell phone in his hand but she doesn’t know if he was recording the incident.
“It could be a new kind of internet prank, but it's really disturbing. It's just not cool in so many ways. I'm still scared to come out here,” the woman said.
The man ran south toward Highway 281 after the confrontation.
The man is described as white, in his late 20s, with brown hair and a mustache. He was wearing dark work boots and a dark jacket along with blue jeans.
The woman said that even though a witness saw the man running south from the scene, the police officer who responded to her cry for help did little to search for the man and failed to call in park police to assist.
The woman said that while the area is beautiful and usually peaceful, it is important to be aware of the surroundings at all times.
"Don't think that it can't happen to you, because I said it so many times and my mom has tried to warn me," the woman said.
The Parks and Recreation Department has a campaign called Play It Safe with life saving tips for trail users.