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Medford man arrested for alleged sex assault at Middlesex Fells Reservation

The Middlesex Fells ReservationChristopher Klein for The Boston Globe/file

A Medford man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 48-year-old woman as she was walking near a hiking trail in the Middlesex Fells Reservation Friday morning, officials said.

Brady McCue, 28, is charged with armed assault to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, kidnapping, and four counts of aggravated rape, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office said in a statement Friday night.

The victim, who was not known to McCue, was walking alone near the Leslie Road Trail Head about 8 a.m. when McCue allegedly hit her multiple times with a rock, sexually assaulted her, and then fled the scene, according to the statement.

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The victim was taken to a Boston hospital with serious injuries. She is in stable condition, officials said.

Investigators from the State Police and Winchester police gathered evidence at the scene that led them to McCue, who was arrested at his home, officials said.

Further investigation showed that the assault had taken place in Medford, according to the statement. McCue is expected to be arraigned in Somerville District Court on Monday.

The Middlesex Fells Reservation is a popular hiking spot that stretches through portions of Medford, Malden, Winchester, and Stoneham. The Leslie Road Trail begins behind a residential Winchester neighborhood.



Andrew Brinker can be reached at andrew.brinker@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andrewnbrinker. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.