Jogger Says She Was Sexually Assaulted By 2 Teens


UPDATED: Friday July 5, 2013 5:21 PM

Columbus police are searching for two teens accused of sexually assaulting a female jogger.

Investigators say it happened Thursday night in a neighborhood south of Hall Road on the city’s far west side.

They say a woman was jogging through her neighborhood around 9:30 p.m., when she was sexually assaulted by two teen boys.

Police say she was able to run home after the incident and call police.

Neighbors say they had no idea the alleged assault happened.

"I mean, it is right across from my back yard. You know that's what is so shocking,” said neighbor Jim Bishop.

Police say the woman was on the sidewalk near the intersection of Crossbrook Boulevard and Hazelmere Drive around the time of the assault.

"There were helicopters shining down with its lights in this area," said neighbor Deborah McConnell.

McConnell says she thought police were in the area Thursday night because of the July Fourth holiday.

She said earlier that night, she thought she heard someone fire a gun, or perhaps, using fireworks.

She says a sexual assault is the last thing she expected.

"I have a small grandchild who plays outside, and we watch her but we don't think that anything would ever happen,” McConnell said.

Jim Bishop says after living in this neighborhood for more than 20 years, he never expected it either.

"I've always told my daughter to be cautious,” said Bishop.  “My wife and I we usually don't go out at night, but given the incident here, they are definitely going to be using a lot of caution in the future."

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