Massive manhunt for attacker of woman jogger


A MASSIVE manhunt was launched on Monday after a 23-year-old woman was sexually assaulted while jogging on one of the MacRitchie Reservoir's forest trails. 

More than 100 police officers and dogs have poured into the area, and more reinforcements are expected. 

The big operation was launched after the woman was found naked, except for her jogging shoes, by other runners at around 10am yesterday. 

The hunt was centred on the area outside the Singapore Island Country Club, which is bounded by Upper Thomson Road and Lornie Road. 

No description of the attacker has yet been issued, as police are still interviewing the victim. 

Albert Louis, 54, the country club's chief security officer, said joggers found the woman lying on the trail just before 10am yesterday. 

He said: “She was bleeding from the head, face and lips. The joggers covered her up with a towel before they carried her to the entrance of the trail.” 

One of the joggers then alerted the club's security personnel, and the police were called immediately. 

A passer-by, who did not want to be named, said that three joggers – two women in their 50s and a man – chanced upon the woman. 

He said: “She was naked if not for the towel. Her jogging shoes were still on, and she was trembling.” 

The woman is now in a stable condition in hospital, the police said. 

The trail which the woman used is popular with joggers at certain times of the day. 

Adam Boon, 54, managing director of a construction company, said: “Several joggers use this track because it's shorter than others, and the air is much fresher than if we use the road.” 

He added: “I was shocked to hear of the attack. Many people use it, but only at certain times.”  

He said joggers usually crowd the trail between 7am and 9am, and from 5pm to 6.30pm, on weekdays. But outside these times it is mostly deserted, he said.– The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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