BRPD urges runners to take precautions after assault on LSU lakes

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Friday, November 22, 2013 - 5:07pm

Baton Rouge Police are looking for a man they say assaulted a woman running the LSU lakes.

A lot of people don't pay attention when they're in the zone, but with this attack, some runners are re-thinking their routine.

Celeste Kerry and her husband Mark run the LSU lakes. She's done so for the past three years. When she found out a woman got assaulted on an evening jog, it scared her.

"Because if I had to find somewhere else to run because this got too dangerous, that would be really hard. I just absolutely love coming out here and running," Celeste said. "It concerned me because I love running out here at the lakes, and I just thought about how I maybe could prevent the same thing from happening to myself and what precautions maybe I could take."

"Well I arrived home yesterday from Afghanistan, and my wife told me about it," Mark said. "I was concerned because she does run it sometimes alone because I'm not here, and so we began discussing what we could do to make sure she's not a victim of something like that."

Baton Rouge Police got called to the 2500 block of East Lakeshore Drive, which is on the lake trail.

"Apparently, a black male suspect ran behind her, choked her until she was unconscious, and when came through, he was on top of her beating her in her midsection," BRPD PIO L' Jean McKneely said.

While these types of attacks don't happen often, police said it's your job to be aware and keep your self safe.

"It's up to you and how you want to exercise, but we recommend that you run during the daylight hours. We also recommend that you run with a partner. If you don't have a partner, another suggestion, if you have a dog or a medium-sized dog with you," McKneely said. "Those types of things tend to deter individuals that might want to do that type of act, from doing so."

"I think the entire community should come together and be observant and be helpful, and try to apprehend anybody that has strange and apparent behavior like that," Mark said.

The attack is still under investigation.
If you have any information that can help police track down a suspect, call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP.

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