Runners and joggers on high alert after greenway knife incident

Runners and joggers on high alert after Knoxville greenway knife incident

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News of Monday night's incident along the Jean Teague Greenway was still traveling as people were getting in their early morning jogs before work on Tuesday. News of Monday night's incident along the Jean Teague Greenway was still traveling as people were getting in their early morning jogs before work on Tuesday.
"It made me very weary as we ran through the really dark part of the greenway that there might be someone coming up behind us," said jogger C.C. Morris. "It made me very weary as we ran through the really dark part of the greenway that there might be someone coming up behind us," said jogger C.C. Morris.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - News of Monday night's incident along the Jean Teague Greenway was still traveling as people were getting in their early morning jogs before work on Tuesday.

A woman told Knoxville police she spotted a man with a knife following another woman around 7:30 last night. When confronted, he took off and hasn't been seen since.

For the last six years, LeaAnn Pool and C.C. Morris have been jogging the same greenway every morning before the sun comes up.

"It made me very weary as we ran through the really dark part of the greenway that there might be someone coming up behind us," said Morris.

"This is a well used park," added Pool. "A lot of people are out here. Why come out here messing with people?"

They say they know the trail inside and out, but still come prepared for anything.

"First thing is, I don't ever wear headphones or have anything that would make me distracted of my surroundings or hearing things behind us," said Pool.

"We do run with the dog so she makes us aware of anything that might be out of the ordinary," added Morris.

Joggers and runners along the Jean Teague Greenway aren't the only ones playing it extra safe. Those who use the Ijams Nature Center have been on high alert ever since a woman was attacked along one of its paths last month.

Even with these latest two incidents, the runners and joggers 6 News spoke with say they plan to continue frequenting the greenway while taking the precautions they always have and maybe a few more.

"I don't want to be afraid," said Pool. "The running community in this area is huge and I think people should be able to come out and do what they need to do and want to do without being afraid. Just be smart about it. I think the biggest thing is just being prepared or not getting caught off guard or by surprise."

The pair say they wouldn't mind seeing a few patrols by one of KPD's bicycle officers and a few more lights along the trail, but they say they will be back on the path Wednesday morning.

The suspect in this case is described as a white man in his 20s, about 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds. He has short brown hair and was wearing a light yellow shirt with khaki shorts.

Call the Knoxville Police Department at (865) 215-7212 if you have any information.

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