Updated 06/11/2012 05:22 PM
Neighbors nervous after assault in Town of Chemung
The small Town of Chemung is certainly not known for crime and arrests. So when a teenager was assaulted Friday while out jogging, it left some local residents concerned. As our Bill Mich tells us, while the police continue their search for a suspect, neighbors will start taking some extra precautions to stay safe.
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CHEMUNG, N.Y. -- Normally, all is quiet on North Street in the Town of Chemung. But Friday evening quickly changed that.
"I had someone stop me and ask if I had seen a white pickup truck and I said no because I hadn't hear anything. And they proceeded to tell me what had happened," said resident Linda French.
What happened was that a 17-year-old girl was assaulted by an unknown man while jogging along the road by the cemetery. State Police are searching for his vehicle, which was caught on a security camera at the Chemung Elementary School. It is a white, extended cab pickup truck with the suspect being described as being white, 20 to 30 years old, six feet tall with brown eyes and brown hair.
Neighbors can't believe something like this happened so close to home.
"It's a very small village. Very small, very tight. Everybody practically is related," said resident Russetta Spencer.
"You see a lot of people on the roads walking in the evening and think nothing of it. It keeps you on your toes now, you are a little more alert and pay attention to things," said French.
The teenager was treated and released from the hospital. And as police continue to search for the man, they are asking anyone with information to call and help their investigation
"I think we all ought to be on the lookout," Spencer said.
And while eager to help, some believe it won't be too easy to uncover the suspect.
"There are so many white pickup trucks in the area. I mean, they all look alike after a while," said French.
There is one thing residents can agree on until the suspect is caught.
"I'm going to keep my doors locked."
Anyone with information or who was in the area around North Street on Friday night is being asked to call State Police at (607) 739-8797.