NPS — The National Park Service (NPS) is continuing to seek tips from the public to aid in the ongoing investigation of an aggravated assault near Point of Rocks in Frederick, MD that occurred in the evening of March 6, 2024 and a related incident that occurred in the afternoon of March 10, 2024.

A press release from the National Park Service lays out the details and includes images:


Photos Courtesy National Park Service

On March 10, 2024, at approximately 12:20 p.m., NPS law enforcement officers, Maryland Natural Resources Police, and Maryland State Police responded to a report of a suspect chasing a woman on the Canal Towpath Trail near the Nolands Ferry parking area. The incident occurred approximately one mile upstream from the Nolands Ferry parking area heading towards the Point of Rocks parking area.
The suspect in both the March 6 and March 10 incidents is described as a white man, approximately 40 years old, medium to heavy build, 6’ to 6’1” in height, with red or strawberry blonde light beard. The suspect was wearing a stocking style hat, dark “Carhart-like” jacket, and blue jeans during the March 10 incident. The suspect may have driven to the Nolands Ferry parking area in a gray 4-door sedan, possibly a Honda Accord.
In the meantime, the Park Service is advising visitors to the towpath to be aware of their surroundings and go with a friend if possible.  It’s also a good idea to let someone you trust know if you are planning a visit to the Towpath and your approximate schedule for the visit.

As the investigation continues, the NPS says, “Information from other visitors is often very helpful to investigators.” Please contact the NPS if you were:

  • Around the Point of Rocks parking area or on the Canal Towpath Trail during the evening hours of Wednesday, March 6, 2024,
  • In the area of the Nolands Ferry parking area or on the Canal Towpath Trail during the afternoon hours on Sunday, March 10, 2024, or
  • If you have any information that could help.

You don’t have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know.
CALL the NPS Tip Line: 888-653-0009 


EMAIL: [email protected]  

EMERGENCY: dial 9-1-1