A Lowell Street woman told police that a man attacked her Thursday evening while she was taking out the trash.
All available Arlington police officers, including the department’s K9 unit, responded to the scene at about 7:50 p.m. Thursday and set up a perimeter, according to police. However, the suspect was not located, and police were still actively investigating the incident Friday, Arlington Police Capt. Richard Flynn said.
The woman suffered scratches on her arms and legs. She told police that she had exited her home through a side door with two trash bags, walked along her porch and down to a gated area underneath her porch, where her trash bins are located.
She said she put the bags in the bins and then while she was walking back, while still under the porch, she heard a noise to her left and a man appeared out of nowhere. She said he grabbed both of her arms and pulled her to the ground. He then climbed on top of her, but she was able to fight him off, she said. The man then fled, she said.
The woman said she then screamed for her daughter, who found her and called 911.
The woman was visibly shaken at the scene and had trouble catching her breath, police said.