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Teen Girl Attacked on Aqueduct Trail

This report was derived from information from the Hastings-on-Hudson Police Department, it does not indicate a conviction.

A Hastings-on-Hudson mother reported to police on Oct. 9 that her was pushed to the ground on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.

The incident was recently brought to her attention that on Sept. 28 her 14-year-old daughter snuck out of their home and was walking along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail around 7 p.m.

Her daughter said that she was pushed faced down on the ground and sat upon. When a passerby who was also walking on the trail yelled, the unknown assailant fled. The mother said she felt that her daughter may have been the victim of attempted an rape. 

Police did not get any further information or descriptions regarding this incident.

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Tara James October 18, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Many people are drawn to the Aqueduct. I take my baby for walks and pass many people every day, running, walking dogs, whatever. Not sure what you are talking about!
Gina October 18, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Story sounds suspicious...but I guess the girl won't sneak out again after that incident! I really hope Hastings isn't going down the toilet. And, how did this article become an opportunity to bash Meg Walker and the Aqueduct?
carol herd-rodriguez October 18, 2012 at 06:43 PM
OK - This is not about the popularity of the Aqueduct. This is about violence against a young woman! The Aqueduct exists therefore it is used. Mothers please advise your children to avoid isolated poorly lighted paths at after dusk. Also please advise your daughters to be aware of their surroundings. They should look around and posture assuredly especially when walking alone. The Aqueduct should be patrolled regularly and signs should be posted to advise would be assailants of regular police patrol.
Ron Paul October 20, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Where is the accountability? This chick runs away, gets sat on, yet it's societies fault? Yes, let's blame a trustee for a girl misbehaving.
Ned Merrill October 20, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Carol, avoid isolated areas poorly lit after dusk, certainly, but come on, mothers should advise their children, sons and daughters, stay off the Aqueduct. The Aqueduct has always been sketchy, now more than ever. Anyone with any sense of where they are, visits infrequently if at all and never alone. The Aqueduct should be patrolled regularly, however to do so you're going to hire more police. The village is more interested in building parks, projects that serve the ego of it's board. Re: signs. A great idea, but you'll never see them. All you have to do is look at how this Mayor is handling the issue of deer. According to Mayor Swiderski, cases of Lyme disease have reached epidemic levels in Hastings, yet not one sign has been put up in HIllside or other wooded areas warning and educating residents as ticks and Lyme. Why? Sans their empty posturing, this board places property values and their misguided image of themselves and the village, before the health and safety of residents.

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