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Attempted sexual assault of woman in state park, police say

Authorities are investigating an attempted sexual assault of a woman in Belmont Lake State Park on Friday, state officials said Saturday.

The State Park Police, which patrols the 463-acre park in North Babylon, are working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident, which happened around 9 p.m., a state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation spokesman said in a statement.

State officials did not release additional details about the attempted attack but, according to the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, the suspect “forced her into a wooded area and attempted to assault her. She managed to fight her way out of the attack and report the crime.”

In a statement, PBA vice president Manny Vilar said there were no police assigned to the state park on Friday. Vilar, a park police sergeants director, said his union has called on state officials to increase park police staffing.

State parks officials said Saturday investigators are following up leads and officials placed additional patrols at the park as a precaution.


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