AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - A man who stopped a suspected assailant from attacking a woman along the Ellicott Creek bike path sustained several injuries.
Amherst Police say shortly before noon on Wednesday, a 44-year-old Amherst man was walking down the path when a woman in her 20s ran by in the opposite direction. The man told authorities the woman looking afraid, and within moments, a man appeared running in the same direction as the woman.
The victim stepped in front of the man to stop him and police say the victim was attacked with some sort of wooden club, sustaining injuries to his face, chest and arms.
The woman ran towards the Northtown lot, and after injuring the victim, the man pursued. Police arrived on scene and established a perimeter, but were unable to find the woman or the suspect.
The suspect is described as a white man between 6'3" and 6'4" with a large muscular build, weighing around 250 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt with either a design or discoloration on the front, faded blue jean and white shoes. He had short brown hair and was wearing sunglasses and a bracelet made of beads.
So far, police say the woman has not contacted authorities. She is described as white and in her 20s. She has dark hair in a ponytail and was wearing a white tanktop.
Anyone with information about this incident should call detectives at 689-1311.
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