Lebanon Police Follow Attack Tips
West Lebanon — The Lebanon Police Department has received numerous leads about a man who attacked a woman with a stun gun on Route 10, but police have not been able to identify the attacker.
The woman is a Dartmouth College student in her early 20s, said Interim Police Chief Gary Smith. She was walking from Hanover to her home in Lebanon on Route 10 near Wyeth Farm Circle and the Hanover town line on Sunday at 11 p.m. when police say she was attacked by a man who used a stun gun on her.
Smith would not provide the name of the victim.
Police have created a sketch of the attacker and Smith said many of the leads that his department received came from people who saw the sketch and were reminded of someone they know.
“We’re looking at several different people,” Smith said. “We’re looking at every call we get. It obviously could be viable information.”
But as of Tuesday afternoon, none of the calls had directed officers to the correct man.
The woman was walking along Route 10, or North Main Street, when she passed a man going the opposite direction. Soon after, Smith said she heard footsteps and a man attacked her from behind.
The woman struggled, screamed and was able to swipe the man’s glasses off his head before he ran to his car and drove off. Police searched for his glasses, but could not find them.
“I think she fought pretty hard,” Smith said.
The woman was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for minor injuries, Smith said, and had stun gun marks on her body .
Amy Olson, senior media relations officer for Dartmouth, would not confirm whether the woman was a Dartmouth student.
Several people in the area heard the woman’s screams, Smith said, and when police arrived, nearby residents were on the scene with her. Neighbors provided a description of the vehicle.
Brad and Liz Meade, who live on Wyeth Farm Circle, heard her screams.
“I thought it was a cat fight,” Liz Meade said. “I didn’t hear anyone yelling for help. I never thought anything of it.”
Later, the couple looked out the window and saw an ambulance and police cars.
The victim provided a description of a heavyset, balding white man with dark hair on the side of his head. He is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and was wearing thin-rimmed glasses, a T-shirt and long pants at the time of the attack. The vehicle was a dark colored, four-door sedan with Vermont license plates.
Anyone with information is asked to call Lebanon police at 603-448-1212.
Smith stressed the importance of taking safety precautions when walking at night, including paying attention to surroundings and walk in pairs.
Police had also previously reported an attack on the Northern Rail Trail on Sunday night that was unrelated to the stun gun attack. However, Smith said Tuesday afternoon that after further investigation, police learned that they were given a false report.
Sarah Brubeck can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-727-3223.