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Crime Q&A: What happened to Sacramento bicyclist who attacked women?

Q: Whatever happened to the guy who assaulted several women in downtown Sacramento about 10 years ago as he rode past them on a bicycle?

Sara D., Elk Grove

A: Richard A. Jiron was sentenced to nearly 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in May 2004 to a dozen felonies and misdemeanors in more than 20 attacks on women between March 2002 and February 2003.

Now 56 years old, he is at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville;

Most of the incidents occurred on downtown or midtown sidewalks in broad daylight. According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Jiron would ride by the women on his bicycle and hit them, usually in the head and face. In some cases, the women were seriously injured.

A part-time carpet layer, Jiron was living in a rented room in a midtown Victorian at the time of most of the attacks. Police released a composite sketch of the attacker in March 2003 and began watching the house after receiving an anonymous tip. But Jiron apparently knew police were looking for him and did not return to the residence. He was later arrested in Des Moines, Iowa and extradited to Sacramento to face charges.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy