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A 29-year-old Annapolis woman was raped Tuesday by a man with a gun as she walked her dog in Quiet Waters Park, county police said.

The woman entered the park with her dog about 9 a.m. and walked along a paved path that follows Hillsmere Drive. When she crossed to the far side of the park, police said, she was approached from behind by a man with a black semiautomatic pistol. The man placed the gun to her head, pulled her from the paved path to a secluded dirt path in the woods and assaulted her, police said.

During the struggle, the dog bit the man on the leg, police said.

After the assault, the man fled on a dirt path and the woman returned to her home and called police. Officers closed the park and searched with police dogs for two hours, interviewing everyone who came out of the park, police said. The woman was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center to be examined. She was not seriously injured, police said.

Jay Cuccia, a spokesman for the county Department of Recreation and Parks, said that park rangers were on patrol at the time of the assault but that none was near where the rape occurred.

He said police indicated that they would patrol the area more often but that the security steps park rangers take probably will not change.

"We don't feel that there's anything different that we could have done that would have prevented what happened," he said.

"Unfortunately, things that affect you in other places can affect you in a park."

Mr. Cuccia said it was the third time a woman had been assaulted in the park's seven years, but the first time the victim was approached there and attacked.

In one of those incidents, the woman was assaulted at the park during a date. In the other, a girl was driven to the park and assaulted, Mr. Cuccia said.

Police are looking for a black man in his late 40s or early 50s, about 6 feet 2, with a heavy build, short hair, beard and mustache. He was wearing a red, long-sleeved sweat shirt.

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