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Man attempted to attack woman with Taser as she rode bicycle on trail in Bartow

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Just a week after a woman was brutally beaten on a trail, a 19-year-old woman said she was almost attacked on another trail in Bartow County. But investigators said there is no evidence that the two cases are linked.

The recent incident happened around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday while the woman was riding her bicycle on the Iron Mountain Trail at the Red Top Mountain State Park, according to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office. The Victim was with friends and family but was not riding with them at the time of the incident.

The victim told deputies that when she approached a curve on the trail she saw a yellow square object on top of a tree stump she believed to be a Taser and a man who appeared to be about 40 yearsold wearing a green baseball while he was lying beside the fallen tree, officials said.

The victim then heard a sound and then saw the connection wires from a deployed taser across her head and helmet, the sheriff's spokesman Jonathan White said.

"The Victim quickly freed herself from the connection wires and peddled to safety. The Victim was able to locate other hiker’s on the trail to advise them of the incident and them to call for help," White said in a news release.

The man fled into the wooded area towards Red Top Estates, deputies said.

This is the second incident on a metro Atlanta trail in the past seven days. Tina Waddell was attacked last Tuesday while walking along the Silver Comet Trail near a Paulding County apartment complex where she lives with her husband, according to the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

Every bone in her face was broken and she will have to have her jaw wired shut for four to six weeks, Waddell’s husband told reporters last week, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

So far, no one has been arrested, and the Paulding County sheriff’s office on Tuesday announced that it has established a reward fund to generate leads in the case. The Tina Waddell Reward Fund was set up at the Bank of North Georgia in Hiram.

Anyone with information on the attempted attack in Bartow County is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (770) 382-5050, ext. 6030.

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