LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating the report of a suspicious man chasing a runner at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park on Wednesday morning.

A spokesperson for the department said a woman called 911 around 8 a.m. and reported a short Hispanic male chased after her while she was jogging on a trail. The LMPD spokesperson said the description is vaguely similar to reports made by high school cross country runners in July.

A woman who wishes to remain anonymous told WDRB News that she was driving into the park’s parking lot off Hurstbourne Parkway on Wednesday when the runner came off the trail. The woman said the runner approached her and asked for help to call 911.

“She had entered the trail head, and she saw a man in front of her, walking toward her,” said the anonymous woman, describing the runner’s encounter. “And she moved to the side of the trail to pass him, and he moved to the same side. And so she moved to the opposite side, and he did the same thing. And at that point, she became uncomfortable and went to turn around. And when she did, he yelled out to her and tried to grab her and started chasing after her.”

The LMPD spokesperson said the runner was able to get away without the man touching her.

There will be more police officers patrolling the park in response to the new report. If you see anyone or anything suspicious, you’re urged to call police.

A manager at the park said he could not comment on the incident.

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