WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCIV) — The Charleston Police Department is searching for suspect, after a 38-year-old woman reported being attacked on the West Ashley Greenway around 6:35 p.m. Monday night.
"I ducked to get out of his way and that’s when he hit me behind the ear," Brandy Lytle said. "I was like 'what are you doing, get off of me' just super loud."
The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, with shoulder length dreadlocks, and a turquoise shirt, according to investigators.
The victim reported she was running north, while the suspect was riding a bicycle south, when she waved and smiled at the man as she normally does.
She reports the man said "what the f*** are you looking at," jumped off his bicycle, and tackled her from behind. He proceeded to throw five to six closed fist punches while on top of her, police say the victim reported.
After continued scream, she reports the suspect suddenly jumped up and onto his bike, before riding off toward Markfield Drive.
"I was scared and more just in disbelief," Lytle added.
Police say the victim had multiple lacerations to her head, neck, and right ear, but say she declined treatment by EMS.
Police say they have increased patrols in the area, including bike patrols.
"At least let people know there is someone out here who’s looking and checking and paying attention," Lytle said of increased patrols. "It’s not just a free for all for anybody to do whatever they’re going to do to anybody."
Anyone with information is asked to call (843) 743-7200.