By Renée Santos

FOLSOM(CBS13) — A dispute over the right of way turned violent on a trail in Folsom.

Stuart Johnson is days into his recovery after being beaten and left on the ground at the Willow Creek trail in Folsom. His broken jaw is still swollen. His chest and other parts of his body are scraped and bruised.

“I think I’ve been lucky and I will be okay, I think,” Johnson said.

Johnson was running on the trail when he was reportedly confronted by a man and woman on beach cruisers. He says at one point the man elbowed him. Moments later, they got into a fight over the right of way.

Johnson says he ran away and that’s when the man came after him and attacked. He says the woman also threw a large rock moments before he was beaten and knocked unconscious. That’s when a passerby came to his rescue.

“They saw me laying on the ground and they say he was stomping and kicking on me,” Johnson explained.

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That mystery person called 911 to get him help.

“I’m grateful for the people that were around and stepped up and helped, yeah,” Johnson said.

His wife Ashley Cowgill says police have not told them who helped Johnson.

“We are internally grateful for whoever did stop,” said Cowgill.

Johnson and his wife hope any witnesses come forward to help identify the man and woman so they can be held responsible for leaving him bloody and bruised.

“I think it’s important for everyone who uses the trail in Folsom,” Johnson said.

Folsom police have seen an increase in people using trails citywide since the start of the pandemic, but haven’t seen a crime like this until now.

Comments (3)
  1. Same thing happened to me and my wife at Eagle Lakes, California.

    My wife was seven months pregnant at the time.

    A man and his wife were picnicking, and as we walked by, the man, who was clearly drinking, cane up to me and slugged me saying that I reminded him of the people who abuse him at the garage in which he worked.

    Luckily, the woman he was with called him off after I was pummeled. I was disoriented, and had lost some visual acuity and coordination.

    I am a small man and he was large and athletic.

    I had no chance.

    My main duty was to protect my wife, so, bleeding and bruised, I got her out of there.

    We have never been back to Eagle Lakes.

  2. David Yost says:

    You need to carry protection.

    1. This guy would have allowed me to shoot him, I’m sure. He was both drunk and attempting to show his “woman” what a man he was. As it was, had I had a gun, I probably would have had to shoot him before he actually hit me. The way California is, instead of having a nasty headache the next day, I would have been in jail charged with murder, since this man did not have anything but his fists. It is just an impossible situation in California. Liberals do everything they can to protect people like this drunken man. I would still be in prison for defending myself. I could not possibly have won a fist fight , and had I shot this guy, California would have thrown me in jail with hundreds of guys just like him, and thrown the key away. You tell me if the majority of California law makers would be sympathetic to my using a gun on this drunken bully.

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