Detectives still working to identify suspect in Ollie’s Pond jogger attacks

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Charlotte County neighborhood near Ollie’s Pond Park in Port Charlotte, where a woman was attacked by a man wearing a ski mask during her morning jog, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Credit: WINK News.

Charlotte County detectives are still working to identify the suspect alleged to have attacked two joggers near Ollie’s Pond.

On Nov. 7, a woman was running along York Avenue between Gobron and Sudbury streets near Ollie’s Pond around 6:45 a.m. According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, an unknown man attacked her.

The victim, who is suffering from minor injuries, was able to get away from the person. She said the man tried to carry her into a nearby wooded area.

The unknown man was wearing a gray hoodie and pants with a knit ski mask.

Deputies believed this was not an isolated incident, and detectives were able to locate another victim the following day. The woman said she experienced a similar incident and it’s being linked to the same male attacker.

On Tuesday, CCSO said a detective was able to interview the second victim over the weekend. She said she was unsure of the exact date, but that it was about two to three weeks ago at dusk.

The second victim told CCSO that the suspect followed her, attempted to engage in conversation and continued following her, which made her very uncomfortable. She then left the area.

The woman is now working with a sketch artist since the suspect was not wearing a mask at the time of the incident. Deputies say they hope to have that completed by Wednesday.

CCSO says detectives continue to follow leads and tips, but no new information has come to light as of yet. An update will be released as soon as the sketch is completed.

Donna Fisher, who lives nearby, is disturbed by the incident.

“I haven’t gone walking down there since this happened,” she said, “simply because of that.”

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