A 15-year-old boy is in custody, accused of attempting to sexually assault a woman jogger near Elk Grove’s Betschart Park on Friday.
Detectives arrested the youth, an Elk Grove resident, Thursday, according to Police Department news release.
During the course of the investigation, detectives received several tips from the community regarding the identity of the person who may have been responsible for the assault, police said.
In addition to the tips, a second person contacted the department after watching news reports and indicated that she had been confronted by the same individual a week earlier, at 11 a.m. July 29, near the same location. In that incident, the 39-year-old victim was jogging in the area of Beryl Creek Way near Weeping Fig Way when she was approached from behind by an African American male juvenile who grabbed her buttocks, police said. After the assault, the victim chased the youth but was unable to catch up with him.
Friday’s assault 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 male who grabbed her buttocks. When the woman turned around, she discovered that the assailant’s pants were down and he was exposing himself, according to police.
As the woman began to walk away, the individual grabbed her by the shoulders and attempted to pull her into nearby bushes. She screamed and resisted his efforts. During the struggle, the assailant pulled down the lower portion of the woman’s clothes, police said. As she continued to scream for help, her attacker let go of her and ran southbound. Police said the woman suffered minor injuries that did not require medical treatment.
The 15-year-old suspect, who is not being identified because of his age, was transported to Sacramento County juvenile hall and booked on suspicion of attempted rape, assault with intent to rape, false imprisonment and sexual battery.
Anyone with additional information regarding the attacks 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 can also be sent via SMS text message by entering 274637 on a cell phone, followed by Tip732 – the agency identification number – and the message.