Bloomington Police To Increase Patrols Along B-Line Trail

Police say last weekend’s assault is the first of this kind on the trail.

On Sunday, just west of a rusting railroad overpass on the northwest portion of the trail, a woman fended off a sexual assault– the first such attack on the B-Line since it opened.  Police say runners being accosted in the middle of the day concerns them, but Captain Joe Qualters says the department feels the trail is generally safe and there’s little need to divert many officers to it.

“We’ve been out here since the trail has been opened and our efforts in that area will not stop.  We have enhanced the patrol a little bit regarding Sunday’s incident and probably will continue to do so.”

Police use a four-wheeled vehicle as part of their trail patrols and are working to make themselves more visible along the three-mile route.  Sunday’s attacker hasn’t been caught.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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