The following went out yesterday on the Town of Chevy Chase's Towncrier listserv:
Sat September 27, 2008 4:28 pm (PDT)
Sgt. John D'Albora of the Montgomery County Police Second District informed the Town that two assaults occurred on the Hiker-Biker Trail. The first assault occurred around 2:00 pm on Thursday 9/25 on the Trail near the entrance to Elm Street Park.
At about 2:00 pm, a man was walking alone from under the tunnel (under the Air Rights Building) westbound in the direction of East/West Hwy bridge. When he got to the section where Elm Street Park opens, two suspects (described as African-American, juvenile males from 15-17 years old) ordered him to turn over his wallet. They forcibly took his cell phone and some cash then ran toward Woodmont Avenue through the tunnel. The suspects were not caught. The Second District Station (Bethesda) is handling the investigation.
Today a second assault occurred on the Trail. The incident occurred closer to the dead end of Pearl Street on the Georgetown Hiker-Biker Trail at about 1:30 pm. Everything seems to be the same as the first case, except there was one more suspect today. A single male walker was assaulted. The police will step up patrols and foot patrols in this section of the Trail for the next few weeks.