A man was robbed by an armed attacker on a popular Massachusetts bike path on Wednesday.
Peabody police said the attack on the Independence Greenway was reported shortly after noon. The victim said he was attacked by a man wielding a knife who demanded cash and a piece of jewelry. He suffered a nose injury during the struggle, police said.
"Just about every day, I'm on this trail," said Ray Carter. "[It's] pretty surprising. I usually feel pretty safe running here at night I carry a flashlight. But I've never felt the need to like carry a knife or anything to defend myself."
Peabody Police and the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing Unit and two K9 units responded to look for a suspect, but no one is in custody at this time.
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The attacker was described as a man in his 20s with black eyes. he was wearing a black shirt with white lettering and a surgical mask.
"It's definitely alarming, especially in Peabody," said Samantha Cummings. "This is a really nice area and a lot of people use the bike path every day, so it’s definitely scary."
"Her (Samantha) and I were talking about coming down here more often and I hate to hear that type of stuff, especially when we live so close to it," said JJ Layton.
The Independence Greenway is a paved bike path that runs several miles through the area. Police said they met with the victim, who ran away after the robbery, near Russell Street.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Peabody Police at 978-538-6369.