Woman attacked on Anchorage bike trail

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman was attacked Monday morning by a man riding a mountain bike on an Anchorage trail, raising concerns about a second attacker, police said.

Four women have been attacked on city trails and a park in five weeks.

Two of the victims have positively identified a 33-year-year-old man arrested Friday and police were trying to locate the third victim. But police said Walter B. Kenworthy was in custody when Monday's attack occurred.

In that case, the woman was on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail near Lyn Ary Park in the city's Turnagain area about 8:10 a.m. when the man grabbed her, police said. The woman screamed and the attacker rushed away.

The woman told police the man had dark skin, was between the ages of 27 and 35, about 5-feet-7-inches tall and heavy set. He had long, curly dark brown hair.

''It looks like there's a second attacker out there,'' said police spokeswoman Anita Shell.

Kenworthy, was arrested in connection with the beating and attempted sexual assault of a woman on an Anchorage bike trail. He was charged with second-degree attempted sexual assault and fourth-degree assault.

He was being held at Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility $50,000 cash-only bail.

Kenworthy is accused of attacking a 35-year-old woman who had stopped to fix a flat bike tire on a trail May 30.

In the other cases, a 17-year-old girl was attacked on a trail May 23 and a 52-year-old woman was attacked at a downtown park June 6.



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