D.C. Police Beef Up Patrols On Trail After Attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities are stepping up patrols on a trail between Washington and Maryland following a number of attacks in recent weeks.

Police say there have been four attacks, including assaults and robberies, on a stretch of the 8-mile Metropolitan Branch Trail that runs from Silver Spring, Md. to Union Station in Washington.

The last incident occurred last week when two men tried to use a Taser on a bicyclist just south of Rhode Island Avenue.

Police say they have not determined whether the attacks are related. The increased patrols will continue indefinitely.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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