Crime

Woman’s dog saves her from attack at south Charlotte greenway

McAlpine Creek and Four Mile Creek Greenways
McAlpine Creek and Four Mile Creek Greenways WBTV

A woman was attacked by a knife-wielding man while walking her dog Thursday evening at the entrance to McAlpine Greenway Park in south Charlotte, police said.

The woman escaped when her dog bit the man, according to police.

The woman was walking her dog along the 11800 block of Johnston Road when the man approached and assaulted her, police said. The assailant threatened the victim with a knife before her dog bit him. She was not seriously injured, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

Observer news partner WBTV reported the woman is in her 20s.

A police helicopter and officers with dogs searched for the attacker, but he had yet to be caught as of 11 p.m..

The man is black, about 6 feet tall, bald and between 30 and 35 years old, police said. He wore dark clothes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Staff videographer Davie Hinshaw contributed.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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