MODESTO (CBS13) – Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a woman in front of her two children in broad daylight at a Modesto park on Thursday.
The attack happened just before 3 p.m. at Mancini Park in south Modesto. The woman was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition.
Al Gaytan tried to help the victim, along with an elderly woman, who saw what happened and grabbed her two children to get them out of harms way.
“She couldn’t talk. I was trying to talk to her. I was asking her if she was OK and she was like ‘no, no.’ ” said Gaytan.
Investigators say the suspect punched the woman, and then pulled her to the ground, causing her 1-year-old to fall, before sexually assaulting her.
“We don’t have any information at this point that the suspect was armed,” Lt. Rick Armendariz said. “We do consider the suspect to be violent.”
Police canvassed the area but the suspect was not located.
Many who run, stroll, or even play in Mancini Park say they’ll pay closer attention to who is hanging around, especially if they don’t look familiar.
“That’s pretty sick, and that’s pretty scary too,” resident Donna Denino said.
Detectives say the woman is doing well after the attack, and so is her child.
So far, investigators are still tracking down leads to capture a suspect. He is described as a black male in his 30s, thin, wearing a black tank top and shorts.
Police say the suspect did not know the victim, and the children are now with family members.