Same person likely not responsible for trail attacks - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Same person likely not responsible for trail attacks

ATLANTA (CBS46) -

There remain more questions than answers following a rash of attacks on area trails, but police do not believe the incidents are related.

The first attack happened July 29 on the Silver Comet Trail in Paulding County. Tina Waddell, 42, was beaten unconscious.

Just a week later, an 18-year-old was attacked by a man with a stun gun on the Iron Hill Trail at Red Top Mountain Park in Bartow County. She escaped.

This Monday Pearl Ryder was jogging on the Freedom Park Trail in Atlanta when she says a man tried to grab her. She was able to scare him off.

Police in all three jurisdictions are following leads, but so far, they have made no arrests.

"We have a lot of people who are susceptible to suggestion," said Dr. Dave Davis, Director of Piedmont Hospital's Psychiatric Clinic. Davis agrees with police that the same person likely did not commit all three attacks, due to how geographically far apart they are. However, he said heavy media attention on the first event likely triggered copycats.

"These people, it tips them over to act," said Davis.

Davis also believes the attackers likely share common traits including substance abuse issues, poor self-esteem, and past trauma or abuse.

"If they've been traumatized, they're repeating the event in a way where now they're the strong person, they're not the victim," said Davis.

Davis says these types of attackers can be difficult for police to find because they tend to blend well with others. He said it will likely take a family member or friend coming forward with information for police to make an arrest.

"Somebody knows or probably has a pretty good idea," said Davis.

Copyright 2014 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All right reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Dem, GOP leaders get classified briefings on Russia probe

    Dem, GOP leaders get classified briefings on Russia probe

    Thursday, May 24 2018 12:42 AM EDT2018-05-24 04:42:28 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:22 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:22:36 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). In this May 23, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Two House lawmakers who are allies of President Donald Tr...(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). In this May 23, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Two House lawmakers who are allies of President Donald Tr...

    A briefing Thursday about classified documents will be for just two Republican House members, both Trump allies, as Trump and his supporters in Congress press for information on the outside informant.

    More >>

    A briefing Thursday about classified documents will be for just two Republican House members, both Trump allies, as Trump and his supporters in Congress press for information on the outside informant.

    More >>
  • Uber ends self-driving program in Arizona after fatal crash

    Uber ends self-driving program in Arizona after fatal crash

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:43 PM EDT2018-05-23 17:43:18 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:15 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:15:28 GMT
    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)
    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)

    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles.

    More >>

    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles.

    More >>
  • 3 injured in Oklahoma City shooting; gunman killed by armed civilian

    3 injured in Oklahoma City shooting; gunman killed by armed civilian

    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:28 PM EDT2018-05-25 00:28:26 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:09 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:09:05 GMT

    Local media reported five people were injured, and that the suspect was dead.

    More >>

    Local media reported five people were injured, and that the suspect was dead.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly