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Man accused of groping jogger surrenders to police

On Saturday, a woman jogging on the Ridgeland Multi-Purpose Trail along the Natchez Trace said she was followed by a man who grabbed both of her buttocks. Source: WLBT On Saturday, a woman jogging on the Ridgeland Multi-Purpose Trail along the Natchez Trace said she was followed by a man who grabbed both of her buttocks. Source: WLBT
48-year-old Ronald Bryant of Jackson surrendered to Ridgeland police Monday. Source: Madison Co. Detention Center 48-year-old Ronald Bryant of Jackson surrendered to Ridgeland police Monday. Source: Madison Co. Detention Center
RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A man accused of groping a female jogger on the Natchez Trace this weekend turned himself in to authorities. 48-year-old Ronald Bryant of Jackson surrendered to Ridgeland police Monday.

On Saturday, a woman jogging on the Ridgeland multi-purpose trail along the Natchez Trace said she was followed by a man who grabbed both of her buttocks. 

She screamed and she told investigators that he said ‘I’m sorry’ before getting into a green Kia SUV. The same day a female jogger in Belhaven told Jackson police a man followed her in a green Kia SUV. 

She got his tag which led to an arrest warrant for Bryant. 

"There’s multiple items that are out there now in the form of whistles, mace, small handheld devices that you can use as an impact weapon to help fight off somebody that might attack them," said Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal.

He also recommends running with a partner and always being aware of your surroundings.

On Thursday night, a Holmes County woman, who does not want to be identified, told park rangers she was tricked into stopping on the Trace. The 20 year old woman was driving near Winona. 

”I stopped because I thought I saw a baby in the middle of the road," said a woman who told authorities she shot at her attackers on the Natchez Trace.

She told park rangers she saw a baby carrier in the roadway, got out and found a doll inside it. 

The woman then said she heard a noise and saw two men coming from the bushes. She reportedly struggled with a man she describes as African American with a thin build.

"As I got in my car he came closer and I was struggling and bent down and got my firearm," said the frightened woman. "And then I fired it and the one that was closest to me I guess, I hit him maybe in his shoulder or arm".

The woman said she will not be traveling the Trace again. Park rangers, who are investigating, checked hospitals in the area for gunshot victims, but so far no suspects have been identified.

According to Ridgeland police, Bryant is a convicted felon previously charged with statutory rape.

He is now charged with disturbing the peace. 

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