ATLANTA, Ga.-- Sandwiched between the roar of Freedom Parkway and the crop of Inman Park Lofts, the Freedom Park Trail enters an underpass.
Heather James-Wyirek says the trail is a regular route for her. "I never go three minutes without passing someone, so you feel safe," she said.
When asked about the underpass, she adds, "That's always the part of the run where I feel the most vulnerable, because you're underneath an overpass and no one can see you."
Sunday evening just before 6:00, a female runner encountered a man with what looked like a hammer at that underpass. According to police reports, he screamed, "I will rape and f@*k you!" The man was following about ten feet behind her.
The runner ran down a side street and went for help along Highland Ave. Allison Wilde, a manager at Virginia Highland restaurant Across the Street, helped her when she arrived at the shop next door.