FOLSOM, Calif. (KTXL) — With a sketch of his attacker being released, a Folsom man is looking forward to when officers catch those responsible.
“I’m feeling much better, better than I was four or five weeks ago,” said victim Stuart Johnson. “It seems to get easier every day.”
FOX40 interviewed Johnson and Ashley Cowgill, his wife, when he was bruised and battered with a broken jaw.
“This is a really egregious offense that happened,” Cowgill told FOX40.
In September, Johnson was running along the Willow Creek Trail in Folsom when he says he was attacked by a man and a woman on beach cruiser bicycles.
After having rocks thrown at him, Johnson says he slipped, hit his head and was knocked out.
A driver passing by at the time says they saw Johnson being kicked while he was unconscious.
But after the attack, no witnesses had come forward to police with a description of the attackers.
“I think the challenge has been frustration in that there hadn’t been any real leads,” Cowgill said.
That is until recently. Folsom police released a sketch Thursday after someone finally came forward.
The anonymous witness describes the male attacker as white with very tan skin, around 6 feet tall and either in his late 30s or early 40s. He also had short, dark brown hair.
Police say he may have been cut on the right side of his face during the incident.
The woman was described as being white with fair skin and a medium build, according to police. Her hair had been dyed blonde and was a medium length. Witnesses say she looked like she was in her 40s.
The man’s beach cruiser was dark-colored and the couple’s bikes were a matching set, according to police.
Folsom investigators say the couple may live or frequent areas east of Oak Avenue Parkway.
“It was nice to reengage and it meant that police reopened that investigation fully,” Johnson said. “So, it was good and the information corroborated the story that I had provided.”
But it remains just a lead.
The couple says the hardest part of the ordeal was having to explain what happened to their young daughter.
With renewed hope, however, a brighter future and justice are the next goals.
“Yes, I remain hopeful that the suspects will be caught, and this will be further to putting behind us,” Cowgill said. “But I don’t think that we are there yet and we’re just trying to take it a day at a time.”
Johnson remains on a liquid diet.
If you or someone you know recognize the man in the sketch, you are asked to call Detective Thibeault at 916-461-6474. Do not confront him or contact him.