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Woman raped on Montgomery trail; jogger pulled into van in Arlington

In two separate attacks on women in the Washington area, one was raped at knifepoint Monday afternoon on a nature trail in Montgomery County and another was pulled into a van in Arlington Sunday while jogging, authorities said.

The rape occurred on the Northwest Branch Trail, near Oakview Drive, a short distance from the border between Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, said the Maryland National Capital Park Police.

The victim was attacked by a man with a knife about 4 p.m. Monday, said Lt. Rick Pelicano, a spokesman for the bi-county park police. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not believed to be life threatening, he said.

No information about the circumstances of the attack was available immediately and no description was given of the assailant.

The abduction attempt in Arlington occurred about 6 a.m. Sunday as a 30-year old woman was jogging in the 3400 block of S. Utah Street in the Fairlington area, Arlington police said.

They said a van pulled up nearby and someone asked her for directions. The woman was then grabbed and pulled into the van. However, she fought him off and ran to her home.

Police said the assailant in Arlington was described as white, in his 40s, with a medium build, brown hair and a goatee. He may have been wearing a white t-shirt, police said.

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