Lake Atalanta: Woman ‘Knocked To The Ground’ While On Walk

ROGERS (KFSM) --  The Rogers Police Department is investigating a battery that happened on the walking trail at Lake Atalanta.

A woman reported to police that she was walking a trail at Lake Atalanta Thursday (May 17) evening, around 7:50 p.m., when a man knocked her to the ground.

The woman had her dog with her, and the man ran away after the dog bit him, police said.

The suspect is described as a white male, around 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds.  He was wearing a black shirt and tan shorts.

Police searched the area, but did not find him.

Walkers in the area Saturday afternoon said they were shocked to hear something like this happened.

"It does scare me a little bit," Megan Riggins said. "I like to travel in pairs, I don’t like to go alone because anything can happen out here."

Ashley Vannoy was out walking with Riggins and says she was in the area Thursday night as well.

She didn't see anything suspicious.

Now that she knows what happened, she plans to change her walking habits.

"I will not be coming back out here by myself after work in the afternoons because there are not that many people here and that’s usually the time that I will come out," Vannoy said. "So that will change, I will not come alone anymore just because I have [my son] and that’s two people I have to be responsible for."

Riggins explained she usually carries pepper spray when she walks and now has her concealed carry permit for added protection.

Both women were out walking with dogs Saturday afternoon.

They advised others to bring their dogs as well because it may help in a situation like what happened Thursday.

If you were at Lake Atalanta at the time of the incident, or have information about the incident,  please contact Rogers Police Department at 479-636-4141.