South Lake Tahoe police are looking for a man accused of assaulting a woman near a motel early Thursday.
Police said the attack occurred about 2 a.m., when an unidentified man walked up to the area of a motel room on Cedar Avenue. A group of friends were socializing in and around the room, and no one in the group knew the man, according to a Police Department news release. A woman in the group walked a short distance away to use her phone and while she was out of view of her friends, the man reportedly grabbed her and threatened her with a knife.
The man forced the woman to a secluded area, where he beat her and attempted to sexually assault her, police said. The woman was able to escape and ran back to the motel room.
The man chased her, but stopped when other people around the motel room came to the aid of the bleeding woman. The suspect then ran away, in the direction of the state line, police said.
Officers responded and searched the area for the man, but they were unable to find him.
The victim was taken to Barton Hospital, then transferred to Reno for medical treatment. Police said the extent and nature of her injuries were being medically evaluated, and it had not been determined whether the victim was stabbed.
Detectives canvassed the area and found no one who was able to identify the suspect.
Because the victim was still undergoing medical treatment, police said the description of the suspect is somewhat vague, but they wanted to alert the community for public safety reasons and to seek help in identifying the man.
He is described as Latino, 18 to 22 years old, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, heavy set, and clean shaven with short black hair. He reportedly has a deep voice and was wearing a T-shirt of unknown color and khaki-colored shorts.
Anyone with information pertaining to the investigation is asked to call the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6100, or South Lake Tahoe Secret Witness, (530) 541-6800.