Sheriff’s investigators have released a statement this morning, Tues., May 6 that the woman who reported she had been attacked and sexually assaulted on April 23 in the vicinity of Lake Shore Park (in the Lake Rancho Viejo housing development) in Fallbrook, has recounted her story and admitted it was not a stranger attack.
The woman, who said she was jogging with two-year-old child in a stroller, was attacked by an unknown male with a knife who had jumped out from behind bushes on the trail and assaulted her.
According to authorities this morning, “The investigation is still ongoing; however, there have been changes in the victim’s account of the incident. The assault did not take place on the trail, the alleged assailant did not jump from behind bushes, and he was not armed with a knife. The victim knew the suspect who resides out of state. This was not a stranger assault.”
“While the case is still being actively investigated and the person of interest has been identified, the Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Unit is confident in advising the community that the incident previously described did not take place and there is no danger to the community as a result.”
(previous story, April 23, 2014)
Sketch released of suspect sought in Fallbrook sexual assault case
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