- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

SAUGUS, Mass. (AP) - Police say her barking dog may have saved a Saugus woman who was assaulted while out jogging from more serious harm.

Police say the woman was jogging with her dog on Tuesday night when a man armed with a knife approached her from behind, grabbed her by the hair, and pushed her into a tree.

The woman said the suspect groped her and slapped her face.

The woman’s dog started barking, causing other dogs in the area to bark and possibly spooking the suspect, who ran away.

The suspect was described as tall and thin and wearing a long-sleeved red shirt, dark pants, which were possibly jeans, and clean white sneakers.

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