Woman raped in Philadelphia park

November 1, 2010 2:23:50 PM PDT
Philadelphia police are investigating the attack and rape of a woman overnight in Southwest Philadelphia.

The assault happened on the Cobbs Creek Trail in the area of south 59th Street and Ashland Avenue.

It was 12:06 a.m. Monday when police say a woman, age 23, was hit in the head and then dragged into Cobbs Creek Park where she was raped.

The woman was taken to Temple University Hospital for treatment.

Police have a vague description of the suspect, but are waiting to release details until they have an opportunity to talk to the victim.

Meanwhile, people in the area are anxiously awaiting news of an arrest.

"I think it's terrible for a rape to happen and terrible for the neighborhood," said Ruth Thompson.

"I don't feel safe at all," said Robin Pryor. "I have a 17-year-old daughter. I really fear for both our safety."

Pryor says the rape is especially troublesome because it happened just after midnight, when she's usually getting home from work at Children's Hospital.

"I don't go over there at night," she said. "No one should."

Pryor has lived in this neighborhood all her life. She says attack is just the latest is series of sexual assaults over the last year or so.

"I've been living in this neighborhood for 40 years and never had this problem," she said. "I think it's ridiculous."

Investigators don't believe there's a pattern of rapes in the area linked to one individual.

Still, they warn women need to be vigilant and aware of the surroundings at all hours of the day so they don't become another victim.

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