Police: Woman sexually assaulted at Chesterfield park

Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 1:57 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2021 at 11:27 PM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - Chesterfield police said a woman was sexually assaulted at a Chesterfield park on Tuesday.

Around 10:50 a.m. on Sept. 7, police were called to Bensley Park in the 2900 Drewrys Bluff Road for the report that a woman was sexually assaulted by someone she did not know.

The woman reported that she was walking along a paved path around the park’s soccer fields when a man came up behind her and grabbed her inappropriately over her clothing.

“When the victim pulled away from the suspect, he threw her to the ground and ran down the path and into a wooded area that leads to a nearby apartment complex,” police said.

The woman ran to a nearby rec center for help and police were called. She was later taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

NBC12′s personal safety expert Mike Jones said this is an opportunity to remind everyone to always stay alert.

“It’s kind of like driving a car, watch out for the other guy...Look around, check your surroundings, understand what’s out there. Bring your phone with you - make sure it’s charged. Let your family and friends know where you’re going, when you’re going, how long you’re going to stay,” Jones said.

If you’re listening to music, he says consider this.

“Please, please, please take one of those earphones out of your ear so you can hear people coming up behind you.”

If someone approaches you, don’t be afraid to let others know.

“Yell, scream, draw attention. When you do that, even things such as slapping, kicking, spitting...You may be small in stature, and you might not be trained in martial arts - you don’t have to be. Train in the art of protecting yourself. Believe it or not, if someone hears someone scream they’re going to watch, and they’re going to come and help you,” Jones added.

The suspect was wearing a blue hoodie with the hood up and pulled tight around his face. He was also wearing sunglasses.

Anyone with information can call police at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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