Police: Woman racially harassed, attacked with branch in Bloomington

The incident happened on a nature trail Saturday afternoon.
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Police in Bloomington are investigating a report of an assault after a woman says she was racially abused and then struck with a tree branch on a nature trail.

The incident was reported just after 4 p.m. Saturday, with a 24-year-old woman saying she was walking in a wildlife refuge when she was "confronted by the suspect who was holding a tree branch."

She told police that the man "made race-based comments" before striking her several times with the branch.

The woman was able to run away from the suspect to stop the assault, and was aided by other walkers in the area.

She was taken to Fairview Southdale Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to her upper body.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 40s, about 6' tall, of medium build, "disheveled in appearance" and wearing a tan or dirty t-shirt, hiking boots, and a black face mask.

Anyone with information should call Bloomington Police Department at 952-563-4900.

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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