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Austin police say a man attacked a woman Monday morning as she jogged along the hike and bike trail. She was able to fight him off. The suspect is in custody.

Monday morning a portion of the jogging trail along Nash Hernandez Road in East Austin was surrounded by crime scene tape.

It was a frightening site for those out getting exercise.

"It is a little alarming for me," Jane Neal said.

Police say a woman was attacked by 20-year-old Bobby Loftin as she passed by a water fountain.

"A suspect jumped out of the bushes," Corporal David Boyd said.

Loftin, police say, had a weapon on him, but he did not get the chance to use it.

"The victim did a very good job fighting him off," Boyd said.

While she fought, witnesses called police. Just as soon as Loftin struck, he was in custody. Officers found him hiding in the brush very close to where he initially appeared.

The woman was taken to a hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.

"We always come together because of that. There are a lot of places people could hide. So that's very nerve-wracking to me," said Elisa Folco.

Elisa Folco and friend Jane Neal jog the same path as the victim several times a week. They don't leave each other's side.

"Unfortunately, but that's what we have to do. We're right by the water and there's too many places for people to hide out," Folco said.

Police say there haven't been other reports of attacks. They say the area is safe, but gave this advice.

"It's best for any female who is alone jogging to carry pepper spray or something with you some kind of chemical device, a loud noise maker," Boyd said. "If something should happen, you have a way to protect yourself maybe get away from the potential suspect."

Loftin has been charged with aggravated assault.

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