Howard County Police officers

Pictured are two Howard County police officers on bike patrol, who police Columbia's expansive pathway system. On Jan. 15, a woman reported she had been groped on a pathway. (Luke Lavoie / January 16, 2014)

Howard County police are investigating a report of a woman who said she was groped while jogging along a footpath in Columbia.

According to police, the woman was jogging near the 7200 block of Cradlerock Way about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when she said she was approached by a teenage boy.

The woman told police the teen touched her inappropriately.

The woman described the teen as a black male, approximately 14 to 15 years old, about 5 feet 5 and wearing a red T-shirt and jeans, according to police.


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Last summer, police reported three gropings on the East Columbia footpaths. Police stepped up patrol efforts, but no arrests were made. 

That suspect was described as a black man in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5-10, 170 pounds with short hair and a medium build.