UPDATE: Sheriff’s investigators say sexual assault victim has changed her story, it wasn’t a stranger attack

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

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

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.

(previous story)

Sheriff’s Dept. searching for suspect in sexual assault incident in Lake Rancho Viejo development at Interstate 15 and SR76

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

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

41 Responses to "UPDATE: Sheriff’s investigators say sexual assault victim has changed her story, it wasn’t a stranger attack"

  1. Jeremiah Gowdy   April 23, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Load your rifles neighbors.

  2. Joe T   April 23, 2014 at 10:29 am

    The helicopter’s broadcasts are hard to hear. You can only hear the portion of the message that is happening when the side of the copter with the speaker is pointed at you, and you have to be outside. After several circles, I pieced together:

    "Suspect… 6’2", white or hispanic, long black coat, black shirt… carrying (something)… call 911"

    Sounds like the helicopter is gone now, so maybe they caught the guy?

  3. concerned   April 23, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Any update?

  4. how do you get help...   April 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    when you don’t provide info!?

  5. Pink   April 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Who was assaulted, an adult or a child? I live in town but I didn’t take my grandchild to the playground today because I was worried about this!!

  6. Ken   April 23, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    There is no Lake Shore Park in the area, other Lake Shores but not Park. Unsure if they meant that it happened in a park. Not good either way.

  7. Ray (the real one)   April 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Crime comes to Hillieville, maybe the friendly village ain`t so friendly anymore.

  8. Name   April 23, 2014 at 11:12 pm


  9. Joe T   April 24, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Do any of the other husbands/fathers around here want to start taking some extra morning jogs around the lake? Say around 8-9am? Will make me late for work, but I can pull that off a few times.

  10. ponced   April 24, 2014 at 8:10 am

    he number 8, who is the guy in the bushes you speak of and why have you not contacted the police????

  11. Reality Checker   April 24, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I say GOOD JOB to the victim or whoever provided the description of the perp. It’s the last thing on most peoples minds when they are a victim of a sudden, violent crime such as rape to have the presence of mind to make a a mental note of what they are wearing, if they have a beard, hair and eye color, hair style, build/weight, tattoos, ect. GOOD JOB on that! Hope you get better, AND SOON! Also hope the creep gets caught and runs into "Bubba" in jail LOL.

  12. Name   April 24, 2014 at 11:28 am


  13. Name   April 24, 2014 at 11:39 am

    ***VILLAGE NEWS NOTE: We cannot approve the printing of this name as we have no way of knowing whether he is really the one guilty of this crime – please call the Sheriff’s Dept. at (760) 451-3100 and give them the information you have. If this man constantly harasses you, you need to report it. Thank you – Debbie Ramsey

  14. Js   April 24, 2014 at 11:51 am

    #8 please contact the police even if anonymously.

  15. Rancho Viejo Resident   April 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Time for neighborhood patrols. Let’s set this up and keep our neighborhood riff-raff free.

  16. LRV Resident   April 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you to Comment #8 for contacting the police regarding your info! Every piece of information helps.

  17. concerned reader   April 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm


  18. grunt   April 24, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Debbie- if Name is afraid to go to the police, can you provide his name as getting the information anonymously? Name said she (he?) is underage, so she (him?) maybe afraid to go to law enforcement.

    *****I will talk to the Sheriff’s Dept. about it. –Debbie

  19. Ray (the real one)   April 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Helicoptor problems are not unusual for the SDSO. On numerous occassions, I called dispatch to advise them thaty the area they were hovering over to make an announcement spoke majority spanish and that all helicoptor deputies should be spanish speakers, fell on deaf ears.

    The problems with the SDSO are numerous but lacking basic common sense to have a bilingual deputy in the helicoptor, what the SDSO does not think San Diego County is not little Mexico.

    As for the crime, well I did giggle for a minute because it happened in a “hillie” area, poetic justice but reality set in and this is a serious problem. The canyons surrounding have a history of migrant, homeless and recently released criminals, shame you folks don`t know what resides in your canyons and foothills.

    Since this area is daddy warbucks, may I suggest if they don`t already have a community patrol to obtain one, visibility will move these folks down the road and the problem is solved.

    I can tell you folks where to purchase quality stun guns…. hehe

  20. LRV Resident   April 24, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    What does sexually assaulted mean? Is there DNA evidence that could be collected?

    ****VILLAGE NEWS COMMENTS – The authorities will only tell us “sexually assaulted” – they are the only ones who could answer that question other than the victim. Thank you.

  21. Proud Resident   April 25, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I just moved into the community 2 months ago. I’m definitely going to keep on eye out for this GUY and any other suspicious PERSON that wants to wonder into our quite and peaceful community!!

  22. A local female   April 25, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Wow, Ray giggled upon hearing about a woman being sexually assaulted? What a stellar contribution to the human race he is.

  23. Thank you for the alert   April 25, 2014 at 10:18 am

    My teen daughter jogs all the time and is coming home from college next week…I have heard there is a serial rapist in Fallbrook…has anyone heard this? There was a town meeting last night the news said.

    When you hear the helicopters, whether you can understand them or not, it’s good practice to make sure everything is locked up….windows, doors…GARAGE SIDE DOOR…. Even if you can’t understand them…you know it’s SOME kind of warning.

    If you don’t see or smell smoke, assume they are on the lookout for someone and lock it down! Be save everybody…

  24. On the news last night...   April 25, 2014 at 10:20 am

    A woman with a two year old child in a stroller was dragged under the bushes and sexually assaulted (raped)

    The child was strapped in the stroller which was knocked over but fortunately the child was unharmed although I’m sure terrified…..

  25. mad   April 25, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Ray the real ones comment shouldn’t be allowed for approval. POETIC JUSTICE? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? you don’t know her story if she is some rich uppity snob where she came from nothing!. I hate how uncaring our world has become. the nasty comments I see on horrible things that happen make me ill. You should be ashamed of yourself. It doesn’t matter if it was a woman living in a poor or rich area she was assaulted in front of a child. I can’t imagine what kind of person you are to be able to laugh would if it was your wife, mother, sister or loved one?

  26. Rick   April 25, 2014 at 11:36 am

    We watch out for each other to make our community peaceful. The police came to our home last night as a result of one of our neighbors calling to report some sort of dispute in the area. We were asleep and all was well, but I appreciate them checking anyway. Thanks Neighbor and officers…

  27. Me   April 25, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I see the SDSO still haven’t figured out how helicopter broadcasts work. In 5 years of living in North County, I have yet to understand a thing they’re trying to say in their entirety…you cannot fly in a circle and expect people on the ground to understand what you are saying.

    I lived in La Jolla for 25 years….and when SDPD flew their units in the neighborhood….you could hear every word. They hovered in ONE direction or flew in ONE direction while giving the message. Then they would do the same in another direction. Then again in a third direction.

    Common sense SDSO..

  28. JD   April 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Ray…get over your obsession with “Hillies” vs flat landers in Fallbrook. How is an assault in the hills “Poetic Justice”? You come off so bitter over the haves and have nots in Fallbrook. Not everyone living in the hills is horrible, yet you seem to think so. What happend to you?

  29. Common Sense   April 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Hey Ray (the real uno),

    Find something productive to do with your life, and keep your controversy-loving words and thoughts to yourself. Making light of a violent crime to a young mother in front of her child? Despicable. Go Away!

  30. Pink   April 25, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Ray, you have hit a new low. Making fun of a young woman being terrorized and raped in front of her 2 year old child! Despicable doesn’t even begin to describe it. We all understand that you had a hardscrabble life. Tough rocks. Get over it. You disgust me.

  31. Hang Him High   April 25, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Everyone in San Diego Should print this photo
    and post it were it can be seen.

  32. Ray (the real one)   April 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm


    Chill out. Try using the english language next time before making your comment. Nobody hates crime ore than I, my point was even people of means should not let their guard down,. don`t be a Pink and see words written,. not the meanings behind.

  33. grunt   April 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Ray – you really missed with your point making – #7 seemed gleeful. I think you are jealousy of those that have "made" it; else why you fascination with "hillies". Me- you lived in La Jolla? you would despise anyone getting a paycheck? (or so it seems)? amazing.

  34. Ray (the real one)   April 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I love it……. Fallbrook…… Crime…… Us?

    JD, Common Sense, Pink and the moronic minority should get out a bit more.

    Peopple forget when little children were beinfg harassed on their way to school on old stage, who did they call…. Ghost Busters? the SDSO? no they called me , thank you DR for the match up, ‘ now that lot has a chain link fence around it and the community was safe

    Thank you fallbrook………

    Let`s be for real…. Fallbrookians are really stupid,. no wondwer why the pickin`s are so easy, wake up!

  35. Ray (the real one)   April 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    IF DR would let me print a response without edit, maybe I can explain what you live with a tyad bit better.

  36. Ray (the real one)   April 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm


    I am a buit like you anti-government. La Jolla? Yeah right, oy vey!

  37. Pink   April 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    The meaning behind the words you say ARE what I’m seeing Ray. We all know that you grew up on the mean streets of Chicago, and we also understand that you have, quite possible through your own fault, not prospered very well. Why else would you be so resentful of those whom you perceive to be above your status in life (hillies) and those supposedly below your status in life (Hispanics and other minorities) yes Rancho Viejo is a fairly nice housing area, but it certainly isn’t Beverly Hills! Most of the people who live there are trying to make a living, just like the rest of us. Your absolute lack of compassion for anyone is a gigantic flashing neon sign about the darkness of your heart. If you can’t find it in your heart to feel sorry for the young woman (because you view her as a yuppy) at least show some concern for a 2 year old child who will quite possible never forget what he/she saw that morning.

  38. me   April 25, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Come on people lets all grow up ok. This lady has gone through enough already have some compassion and stop talking about this is some joke. Because if it was your mom, sister, grandma or daughter for that matter you wouldnt be joking around. Choose your words nicely and respect people period. If you have never been in a situation like this dont judge, this couldve happened to anyone of us. Just image what the victim and her daughter is experiencing right now. Lets all be civil to each other.

  39. ray (he real one   April 25, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Maybe she was asking for it

  40. JD   April 25, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    >> Ray>>> "Try using the english language" "Nobody hates crime ore than I" Ray, try editing your dribble….

  41. VILLAGE NEWS   April 26, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Once again, the comments go astray… this thread is now being closed because it is not about Old Stage Road, or who lives in La Jolla, or grew up in Chicago, or what part of town is considered “hilly” or not.
    I think we all hope that the authorities catch this suspect soon as this crime is atrocious and makes everyone feel uncomfortable, regardless of where they live in our town. I am so relieved that this woman and her child survived this attack; albeit much healing is ahead of her.

    –Debbie Ramsey


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