The San Diego Sheriff’s Dept. is asking the public’s help in identifying an individual believed responsible for the sexual assault of a Fallbrook resident today (April 23) in the Lake Rancho Viejo housing development on the east side of Interstate 15, just south of State Route 76.
According to authorities, the incident took place “at approximately 8:30 a.m. when a woman was jogging along a path in the vicinity of Lake Shore Park. She had her two-year-old child with her in a stroller. An unidentified male with a knife jumped out from behind some bushes, gained control, and sexually assaulted her. After several minutes, he fled on foot in an unknown direction.”
Authorities have described the suspect as male in his mid 30s to 40s with a tan complexion (either Caucasian or Hispanic), dark brown or black closely-cropped hair, neatly trimmed full bear and mustache (beard cut high on neck), between 6-foot 1-inch and 6-foot 2-inches in height with a heavy build described as including a “beer belly.”
He was wearing a black, short-sleeved t-shirt with holes in it and black work pants.
Authorities said the investigation into the incident is “just beginning, and more information may be released at a later date.”
The Sheriff’s Dept. has stated they will be conducting extra patrols in the area.
Anyone with information on the identity and/or location of the suspect is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Dept. at (858) 565-5200 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.
Sheriff’s Dept. searching for suspect in sexual assault incident in Lake Rancho Viejo development at Interstate 15 and SR76
At shortly after 9:30 a.m. today (Wed., April 23), the Sheriff’s Dept.’s communication center confirmed that the ASTREA helicopter is currently conducting an air search over the Lake Rancho Viejo housing area for a suspect relating to a sexual assault that took place earlier in a park in the area.
While residents of the area are reporting that they are having problems understanding what is being broadcast from the helicopter, officials would not provide further information, including a description of the suspect at this time.
The Lake Rancho Viejo area sits on the eastern side of Interstate 15 directly south of State Route 76.
VILLAGE NEWS NOTE: Sorry readers, the Sheriff’s Dept. says no one will be available to provide further information on this until late afternoon. D. Ramsey