BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Police are investigating an attempted rape near Johns Hopkins University. Detectives say a teenager fought off the attacker, but the suspect is on the loose.

Weijia Jiang has the message from police.

Police are looking for a man they say tried to sexually assault an 18-year-old. It happened on Thursday around 6:30 p.m. on the edge of Johns Hopkins University’s main campus at a park off Greenway Avenue.

“I actually was walking out here last night past the park, and now hearing this it’s scary,” said Jennifer Minor, Baltimore.

Investigators say the man tried to talk to the victim and her friend who were sitting on a bench, and then he dropped his pants, exposed his privates and threatened them.

“The victims tried to flee the location, the suspect tackled one of the girls, attempted to sexually assault her,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police spokesperson.

The victim was able to break free when she kicked the attacker. That’s when he ran off.

“I am kind of freaked out it happened so close to where I live,” said Anne L., Johns Hopkins freshman.

Hopkins administrators hope to ease growing concerns from students. They sent out an alert about the incident. Now they’re adding more security.

“As the Baltimore police adjust their patrols we will adjust ours to supplement and reinforce what their doing to make sure there’s the right amount of attention being paid to the whole area,” said Dennis O’Shea, Johns Hopkins University.

So far police only have a generic description of the suspect.

“He’s described as a black male, approximately mid to late 20s, 140 pounds, 5’7” to 5’8”,” Guglielmi said.

Until he’s found many are on guard.

“It does anger me a bit because there’s not too much we can do about it,” said Jessie Gelles, Baltimore. “There’s not much we can do to prevent this man from going to another park tonight and doing the same thing.”

Right now detectives are working on a composite sketch of the suspect with the victim.

Police say at this time it does not appear the incident is linked to other recent crimes in the area.

Comments (3)
  1. Stupidity Rules says:

    What is wrong with people? No self control….Guess the excuse will be there was some type of childhood abuse.

  2. mary skeen says:

    This is one of the worst reporting jobs I have ever seen. The televised story and the still image on this website show Wyman Park. The WJZ reporter ,walking through Wyman Park, and the Sunpapers article identify the place of the incident as a park near Greenway Avenue. There is no “Greenway Avenue” near Wyman Park. There is a Greenway with a small park near University Parkway and Charles Street near Guildford. This is the most pathetic work I have ever seen. The reporters and camera crew and producers cannot locate the ACTUAL scene of this crime so that neighbors and other citizens will be aware.

  3. Abdul says:

    I totlaly laid off caffeine when I was pregnant with my first child and about a month away from delivery time, I decided to go ahead and have a couple (yes, 2) cokes with dinner. My baby woke up and moved like she had NEVER moved in the how many months that I had been pregnant. I KNOW caffeine has an effect .at least on her. She is now 16 and loves the energy drinks (I think it’s the drink of choice among high schoolers). We don’t buy them, but about once a week one shows up in our fridge and she drinks it the next morning. I’m definitely going to show her this article.

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