2 men sought in sexual assault of woman on N.J. recreation trail, police say

Police on Wednesday asked for tips from the public to identify two men wanted in the sexual assault of a woman who authorities say was attacked on a Morris County recreation trail.

The men asked the woman for money around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday on the Traction Line Recreation Trail in Morristown, according to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

“When the female victim did not provide money, one of the males pushed the victim to the ground and sexually assaulted her while the other male stood by,” a statement from the prosecutor’s office said.

The men, who the woman did not know, fled following the attack, according to officials.

One man was described as having black hair, about 20 years old, wearing a white polo shirt and blue jeans. The other was reportedly also approximately 20 years old and wearing a black hat, black hoodie sweatshirt with white lettering on the back with black pants.

The prosecutor’s office also released two images apparently taken from surveillance footage of the men.

Traction Line Recreation Trail is a 2.7-mile paved path that runs along New Jersey Transit train tracks and is maintained by the Morris County Park Commission, according to its website.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at 973-285-6200, Morristown police at 973-538-2200 or Morris County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-SHERIFF (743-7433) or 973-COP-CALL (267-2255). Anonymous tips can be submitted using www.morriscrimestoppers.org.

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Noah Cohen may be reached at ncohen@njadvancemedia.com.