CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) –- A woman fought off an attempted rape Wednesday morning near McAlpine Creek Park, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

The crime happened shortly after 11 a.m. in the 2100 block of Margaret Wallace Road near McAlpine Creek Park.

The woman reported to CMPD that while she was out walking a man assaulted and tried to rape her. She was able to fight off the suspect and get to a cell phone to call 911.

Police said the suspect remains on the run. He is described as 5-foot-6 and heavy-set with dreadlocks. He was wearing all black.

The suspect may have injuries to his face and arms from struggling with the victim, CMPD said. The suspect was last seen headed on foot toward Independence Boulevard, police said.

Authorities think it was a “random attack” and said the suspect and woman did not know each other.

CMPD said it plans to increase police presence in the area with marked patrol vehicles and officers on foot and bicycles.

Anyone with information is asked to call Charlotte Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.