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Woman seen bloody and beaten after rape at BREC park Wednesday afternoon

1 year 11 months 1 week ago Saturday, August 13 2022 Aug 13, 2022 August 13, 2022 9:39 PM August 13, 2022 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - A woman was heard screaming "rape" after a brutal attack in a BREC park on South Harrells Ferry Road Wednesday afternoon.

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The Baton Rouge Police Department said Friday the incident happened shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Community Park on South Harrells Ferry Road.

Officers told WBRZ a woman was walking along a park trail when she was attacked by a man. A source said they saw the woman covered in blood and bruises, screaming for help after the assault.

A concerned mother who lives in the area says her daughter walks the trails every week.

"I could not believe that it happened right here in our neighborhood. We thought it was a safe place to be."

She and other park goers now fear for their safety, noting that there is hardly any security on site.

"There's no security at the park. There's no anything. We definitely need more security. Police presence or maybe park rangers or something patrolling the park more just something to let people know that they're safe."

"If a person was bold enough to attack someone in broad daylight, it's not to say it's their first time, it's not to say this will be their last time," BRPD spokesman L'Jean McKneely said.

BRPD did not provide a description of the suspect.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact police.

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