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Man arrested in Middlesex Fells sexual assault, allegedly hit woman with rock multiple times

The suspect and victim did not know each other, according to authorities.

Christopher Klein for The Boston Globe, File

A 28-year-old Medford man was arrested Friday after a 48-year-old woman was attacked and sexually assaulted that morning within the Middlesex Fells Reservation.

Brady McCue has been charged with armed assault to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, kidnapping, and four counts of aggravated rape, the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office said late Friday. He did not know the woman, authorities said.

State police alerted the public to the incident Friday morning. They said the woman was walking near the Leslie Road Trail Head off South Border Road when she was assaulted at about 8 a.m. Police initially said the crime occurred in Winchester, but later Friday, authorities said it actually took place in neighboring Medford.

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“The preliminary investigation suggests that McCue allegedly struck the woman with a rock multiple times before sexually assaulting her and then fleeing the scene,” the district attorney’s office said. “Investigators from the Massachusetts State Police and Winchester Police were able to collect evidence from the scene which allowed them to quickly identify the alleged attacker and locate him at his residence.”

McCue was arrested without incident and was expected to be arraigned Monday in Somerville District Court.

As of Friday night, the woman was being treated for serious injuries at a Boston hospital, where she was in stable condition, officials said.

The 2,575-acre reservation spans five municipalities, and people flock to its numerous trails for nature walks, often with their dogs.

The incident remains under investigation.

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