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Northwest Branch Trail rape leaves locals afraid

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJLA) - Deep in the woods off the Northwest Branch Trail in Silver Spring is where police say the attack happened Monday evening.

The victim, a woman in her 20s, was out for a run on this path adjacent to the Oakview community. Police say the woman was alone and in a remote area when it happened - someone attacked and raped her.

"She stated that she had been approached by a suspect with a knife. He dragged her off the trail, raped her and then fled," said Montgomery County police officer Captain Paul Starks.

The attack has shaken the local community, and many have said they are wary of running on the trail now, in its aftermath.

James Owens, who lives in the neighborhood, is upset by the attack. 

"It's completely senseless," he told ABC7. "It makes me angry that he comes into my area and feels he has a right to do something like that. It's not right."

The victim described her attacker as being a Hispanic male, with a medium build and complexion. He is approximately 6 feet tall and was wearing black pants, a white t-shirt and a blue baseball cap.

"When I can home yesterday, I saw the girl, and just to see it in person...it's really scary, and to see how distraught she was," said local resident Justin Serv. "It's really scary."

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