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Parallel attacks frighten police Thursday, March 7, 2013 Shelly Maxwell

Burlington, N.C.

A Burlington resident was found unconscious after a brutal attack in City Park late Sunday evening.

Aiden Douglass, 54, was rushed to the hospital where he is being treated for broken leg and internal injuries, said Sgt. Kathlene Jones of the Burlington Police Department.

Douglass the assailant has described his attacker as a very tall, thin man in a business suit, Jones said. Adding that Douglass said he wore a white stocking over his face to cover his features.

Douglass is at Alamance Regional Medical Center in "stable conditions," Jones said.

According to Jones, Douglass' incident is not isolated.

Burlington resident April Easterman, 36, had a similar experience when she was attacked on her front porch eight days before Douglass' attack and it resulted in slash marks on her arms. Easterman described the attacker exactly the way Douglass described his, Jones said. The attacks were committed about two miles from each other. Both victims are very fearful of their slender, faceless attacker, said Jones.

Slender Man is a mythical creature often depicted as a tall, thin figure wearing a black suit and a blank face. According to the legend, he can stretch or shorten his arms at will and has tentacle-like

appendages protruding from his back. In addition, the creature may cause memory loss and paranoia.

Jones said if anyone has any intelligence on the possible related incident to report it to the Burlington Police at (336) 229-7100.