The Sonoma Police Chief has ordered extra patrols for the multiple bike paths in the Sonoma area after a woman fought off an attack by a unknown assailant Wednesday evening on the Fryer Creek Trail.
The alarming incident occurred about 6 p.m. on the paved bike path just south of Manor Drive. The woman, 29, told Sheriff’s deputies she had been exercising on the path, listening to music, when she was attacked from behind.
The man grabbed her buttocks and attempted to put his hand up her shirt, she told deputies. She lifted her hands to protect herself, then punched him in the groin. As she fell to the ground, the suspect ran north, then west, towards Manor Drive.
The woman was left uninjured, other than a bruise on her hip from the fall to the ground, according to the Sheriff’s report.
She described her attacker as a Hispanic man in his thirties, 5-10″ tall, chubby build, with dark hair (shaved on both sides and a curl in the front), mustache and goatee, wearing a medium-gray long sleeve hoody, and dark, faded shorts that extended to his calves.
The man did not have the hoody on his head. The suspect also had a faint odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath, she reported.
Deputies searched the area and have not been able to locate or identify the suspect at this point. Sonoma
Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez has ordered extra patrols for the multiple bike paths in the Sonoma area and is cautioning residents to be alert while using these paths, especially during hours of darkness.
Anyone with information or possible leads to the case are encouraged to call the Sonoma Police Department at 707-996-3602.