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Jogger fights off assailant on Elk Grove bike path

Composite sketch of man sought in attempted sexual assault in Elk Grove
Composite sketch of man sought in attempted sexual assault in Elk Grove Elk Grove Police Department

Elk Grove police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man accused of attempting to sexually assault a woman on a bike path Friday morning.

The incident occurred about 8 a.m. near Betschart Park, in the 5600 block of Adobe Spring Way. A 58-year-old woman was jogging down the bike path when she was approached from behind by a man she did not know. The man initially grabbed her buttocks, and when the woman turned around, she discovered that the man’s pants were down and he was exposing himself, according to a Police Department news release.

As the woman began to walk away, the man grabbed her by the shoulders and attempted to pull her into nearby shrubs. The woman screamed for help and resisted the man’s efforts. During the struggle, the man pulled down the lower portion of the woman’s clothing, police said. As the woman continued to scream for help, the man let go of her and ran southbound.

Police said the woman suffered minor injuries that did not require medical treatment.

Police released a composite sketch of the man, who was described as black, 16 to 19 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, and weighing 160 to 180 pounds with a muscular build. He was wearing a dark gray shirt and black athletic pants.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Detective Bureau at 916-478-8060, or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357. Callers to Crime Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Tips also can be sent via SMS text message by entering 274637 on a cellphone, followed by TIP732 – the agency identification number – and the message.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy