Police Chief Tells Sligo Creek Trail Users Safety Is 'Absolute Priority'

12:56 PM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- After "some confusion" about incidents that happened on the Sligo Creek Trail, Maryland-National Capital Park Police Chief Antonio DeVaul felt compelled to write a letter to its users. The letter, or community advisory, released on Tuesday said, in part:

"Sligo Creek Trail Users:

I want to assure all trail users that the safety our trail users is an absolute priority for our agency. There seems to be some confusion regarding recent incidents along the trail. There have NOT been any recent sexual assaults along the Sligo Creek Trail. Other than the incident that occurred on January 12th, where a female jogger was followed by a male subject on the trail in the area of Heather Avenue, we have had no suspicious incidents. A male on male sex assault did occur on December 21, 2012 at one of our parks in Takoma Park, Flower Avenue Park. Park Police Detectives were out recently in the Takoma Park area passing out a composite sketch of the suspects involved in that case. This may have caused some confusion amongst the citizenry. [NOTE:
The incident occurred outside of the City of Takoma Park].

Due to the recent suspicious situation we have instituted a Directed Patrol for the Sligo Creek Trail. Officers will be actively patrolling the trail on foot, in vehicles, on horseback and on motorcycle."

The chief then encouraged the users to take safety precautions such as never walking alone, always being observant of their surroundings and trusting their instincts to not walk somewhere if they feel uncomfortable.

If you do need to call the park police, put their emergency number into your cell phone for later use. The number is 301-949-3010.

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