Ceres woman fights off attacker in apartment complex laundry room

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CERES, Calif. (KTXL) -- A Ceres woman said she fought off a man who tried to sexually assault her in a laundry room at the Pine Ridge apartment complex on Sunday.

"Definitely, I think I would have been sexually assaulted and I could have even been stabbed and left there," the woman, who asked to not be identified, told FOX40.

The woman said as she loaded the dryer, she saw a strange young man who turned off the lights and shut the door when she tried to leave.

"(He) pushed me against the vending machine and told me to stay still and be quiet. He has a knife," she recalled.

But she ignored his demands.

"'I don’t care if you have a knife, I don’t care if I get, like, die, or whatever,'" the woman told FOX40. "And I just ran, I opened the door and ran."

Outside, she screamed for help and didn't feel safe until she was in her neighbor's apartment.

She said even after she ran, the man left her with one more emotional scar.

"He was in the doorway touching himself," she said.

Detective Julio Amador says the suspect’s behavior is unsettling and may be related to a similar incident involving a person with a similar description at the same Ceres apartment complex. It also happened in a laundry room on Super Bowl Sunday two years ago.

Amador says at that time, the suspect groped his victim. The victim was also able to run away but the attacker left before officers could find him.

"And if it is someone who is gaining confidence and becoming more aggressive, I fear that he may repeat his behavior," Amador said.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact the Ceres Police Department.

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