MARSHFIELD (WAOW) – Two days after an 18-year-old Marshfield woman was attacked during an early-morning jog, investigators have no new leads or suspects, Police Chief Gary Jepsen said Wednesday.
Officers are going door-to-door in the neighborhood where the attack occurred about 3:30 a.m. Monday, asking whether people have recently noticed anything suspicious or heard anything that morning, he said.
The woman told police she was jogging in the 1200 block of North Chestnut when someone came up behind her, grabbed her hood, turned her and then punched her in the right eye before running off.
The woman indicated she was “spun around so quickly, she didn't get a good view” of the attacker, Jepsen said. She said she was wearing headphones and never heard the attacker approaching.
The woman said Wednesday she has a job that keeps her up late at night and was on a six-mile run that morning, which was not untypical, but she had changed her route somewhat because of icy sidewalks.
“I run at that time so I can sleep during the daytime,” the woman said in a telephone interview.
Other than the punch, the attacker made no threats and didn't try anything else, she said. “It is just so weird. I never saw the person.”
People have warned her about running at that hour but until Monday the teenager said she wasn't overly concerned.
“People want me to change,” she said. “My mom brought over pepper spray today.”