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Woman attacked at park

SUWANEE -- A heavily disguised man attempted to assault a woman Thursday in a Suwanee park, marking the second such incident in the normally peaceful park system since September, police said.

Thursday's incident happened about 3:30 p.m. in George Pierce Park off Buford Highway. The woman told police a man wearing a ski mask, black gloves and dark clothing approached her from behind, grabbing her waist before she was able to flee unharmed.

The victim described her assailant, whose race is unknown, as about 6 feet tall and 190 to 200 pounds, police said.

The incident bears resemblance to an attempted assault Sept. 8 at nearby Suwanee Creek Park, which has a trail system connecting it to George Pierce Park. In the earlier attack, a woman told police a 6-foot-tall man accosted her before she broke away and ran.

No arrests have been made.

"There's really nothing concrete to tie (both incidents) right now," said Suwanee police Sgt. Shane Edmisten. "The general description we have is similar."

George Pierce Park is a county-managed park within the municipal limits of Suwanee. The 304-acre green space has been open to the public at least 15 years, Edmisten said.

"As far as we know, this is the first such incident in George Pierce Park," he said.

Edmisten said his department and Gwinnett County Police assigned to the area are stepping up patrols in and around the parks in light of the reports.

Police also sent mass e-mails to neighborhoods participating in PACT -- Police And Citizens Together -- urging residents to call police at the first sign of suspicious activity, Edmisten said.

"Anybody that has information or sees someone in the park system, give us a call and we'll certainly respond," he said.

Police ask anyone with tips to call Suwanee police Sgt. Shane Edmisten at 770-945-8995.