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Woman reports assault at Fredericksburg dog park

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Fredericksburg police are looking for a man who they say assaulted a woman at the city dog park Tuesday by putting his head onto her lap.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the incident occurred about 2:15 p.m. at the park at 1505 Kenmore Ave. The 23-year-old victim was there with her dog when she noticed an obviously intoxicated man who appeared to be in his 40s.

She was sitting on a bench when the man’s dog came over and began growling at her dog, Bledsoe said. She thought the man came over to get his dog, but instead he kneeled in front of her, put his hands on her bare legs and laid his head in her lap.

The startled woman got up and left. Another man who was at the park asked her if she was OK, and she told him she was.

The woman immediately called police, but both men who had been there earlier were gone by the time an officer arrived.

The man who committed the alleged assault was described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 200 pounds with brown and gray hair. He was wearing a tan leather jacket, dark-blue jeans and black tennis shoes with a red logo.

The victim said he was carrying a black and gray backpack and “appeared homeless.”

His dog was a medium-size black and brown dog with short, curly hair. The man referred to the dog as “Lady.”

Bledsoe said any deliberate and unwanted touching qualifies as an assault, a misdemeanor charge. Anyone with information about the man or his dog is asked to call city police at 540/373-3122.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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