Woman Assaulted on American River Bike Trail Wants to Warn Others

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A woman is speaking out about an attack she suffered on the American River Bike Trail, hoping to warn other people who use the trail, and to help prevent further attacks.

The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, told FOX40 she was riding along the trail near a railroad over crossing close to downtown Sacramento on July 2, when she was shoved from behind by a man on a bike who apparently felt she was in his way.

“When I said, ‘don’t put your hands on me,’ he turned around and got even more ballistic,” the victim said. “Pushed me down again. I fell down the side of the drop-off, and I slid with my bike on top.”

She suffered scrapes and bruises.  And her bike was damaged.  She said a good Samaritan helped her up from the embankment where she was laying after the attack.  The suspect rode away.

The victim was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where Sacramento Police met her and took a felony battery report.

The suspect is described as a white man, possibly in his mid-40s with light brown hair and facial hair, wearing a white cycling jersey and cycling cap, but not a helmet.

The suspect frequents the bike trail, according to the victim.  She told FOX40 she has met others on the trail who were harassed by a man matching the suspect’s description.  The Sacramento Police Department is welcoming additional tips.

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