HOUSTON – Authorities are warning visitors, especially joggers, to TC Jester to be alert after a woman was fondled Thursday night while on a run.
According to the Houston Police Department, the incident happened at 6:25 p.m. when the male suspect approached the victim from behind as she was jogging and fondled her legs.
Police said the woman screamed and the attacker ran off. It was too dark for her to get a good look at the man.
The victim’s husband was jogging with her when the attack happened on the bridge at 43rd Street, but he was ahead of her.
Police said the woman was listening to music through ear bud headphones when the incident happened.
Another jogger said she also listens to music while she is jogging, but stays plugged in to her surroundings as well.
“I have a habit of just putting in one ear bud instead of having in both ear buds so that helps a little bit so I try to be more aware of my surroundings,” Alyssa Howell said.
The 33-year-old victim posted online right after the attack stating, “I am shaken and pretty scared.”
She also stated, “because of my headphones and lack of light on the bridge, I was caught completely off guard.”
She could hardly describe anything about the man’s appearance.
T.C. Jester Park was also in the news in recent months because of a flasher, who liked to hide in the bushes with a T-shirt pulled over his face while the rest of his body is completely exposed.
“I’ve heard several things about this park before,” jogger Alex Campos said.
Campos said it was her first visit to the park and would not be her last. However, she said she would be extra careful in the future.
Houston police said they do not believe the flasher is responsible for the attack. They said flashers don’t usually escalate their crimes to the level of physical assaults.