Woman sexually assaulted at Antrim park; township official issues safety reminders

PAT FRIDGEN
Antrim’s premier park was the scene of a sexual assault in daylight hours. Pennsylvania State Police are still investigating the alleged incident, which occurred in December.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the sexual assault of a young woman at Antrim Township Community Park on Monday, Dec. 19.

Echo Pilot, which receives faxed public information releases from the Pennsylvania State Police on a daily basis, had not gotten any report on the assault. After Echo Pilot contacted the Chambersburg substation of the state police on Monday, Jan. 9, a release was faxed to the newspaper.  

According to the report, the 18-year-old victim told police she had been walking on a trail in the woods in the southwest corner of the park at 3 p.m. when a white man approached her from behind. Police reported that the woman said the man restrained her, forced her off the path and sexually assaulted her.

Anyone who observed suspicious activity at the park during that time is asked to call police at 264-5161.

Township administrator Brad Graham recently learned of the alleged incident, but had no further details. He released the following statement:

"In light of this news I would like to assure residents that the park continues to be a safe place to visit. It is used heavily by the public and has over 60 acres of open space with two miles of paved trails. However, please consider the following safety reminders:

— The park opens at dawn, closes at dusk and does not have security lighting. Please plan your activities during daylight hours.

— Parking is provided all around the park but certain areas are more remote than others.

— If you have concerns regarding secluded areas please plan to utilize the open spaces and paved trails in the park.

— It is always safer to walk, jog or bike with a companion.

— Please help us to provide a safe place for recreation by reporting any suspicious or destructive activities to the township offices."

 Antrim Township has three parks. ATCP consists of 136 acres on Grant Shook Road, with pavilions, ballfields and multipurpose fields, four miles of trails, a playground, disc golf course and restrooms with water and electricity.  Martin's Mill Bridge Park on East Weaver Road has a pavilion and picnic area. These parks are open year round. Enoch Brown Park, three acres along Enoch Brown Road, is closed to the public December through February. It has a pavilion, playground and walking trails.