A woman walking home with her young child Friday night was attacked by an unknown assailant, just a few blocks from the stadium where the annual Turlock Lions’ Club Harvest Bowl game was being played between Pitman and Turlock high schools.
The woman was returning home from the game when she was attacked, according to the Turlock Police Department. She was able to fight off her attacker and both her and the child escaped without incurring any serious injuries. The suspect remains at large for the attempted sexual assault.
The assault happened shortly before 9 p.m. Friday in the area of Rose Street and Sycamore Avenue.
The woman was walking with her toddler when she was grabbed by the suspect. The woman screamed and tried to pull away from the suspect, but he covered her mouth and told her he would hurt the child if she continued to fight him, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.
Undeterred, the woman continued to fight back against her attacker, scratching and biting him. She was able to elbow the suspect in the face, giving her the opportunity to escape with the child.
Police responded to the scene and did a comprehensive search of the area, but were unable to locate the suspect, Lewis said.
The suspect was described as a white male, likely in his early to mid 20s. He stood between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet tall and weighed approximately 180 to 200 pounds. He possibly has blond hair. He was wearing a black or dark colored hooded sweatshirt, blue Wrangler-style jeans, and brown work boots.
Anyone with information about the identity of the attacker is asked to call the Turlock Police Department at 668-5550. The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.