SOLANO COUNTY —
Investigators in Solano County are warning hikers about an alleged assault that took place on Friday near the Cold Canyon area of Lake Berryessa. The Solano County Sheriff’s Office said two women, ages 18 and 59, were attacked.
On March 25 about 3 p.m., a man showed his handgun to two hikers and forced them into a secluded area. Then they said he assaulted one of them, demanded money and fled on foot.
“It’s unfortunate that people take advantage of people in situations like hiking,” hiker Peter Miller said.
This is exactly what hiker Chris Evangelho is concerned about when in the mountains.
“I actually joined a meet up club, so I can hike with other people. Because I like to hike, but I didn’t like to hike alone,” Evangelho said.
Through the group, she met Miller. And since then, the two have become hiking partners.
She said she is trained on how to deal with wildlife encounters, not this.
“The thing I’m more afraid of, quite frankly are bears, so I carry most of the time, I carry something like pepper spray. But if I was confronted by a person, I don’t know that my instinct would be to pull out bear spray. I don’t know,” Evangelho said.
Investigators say the suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his mid 20s. He is about 5-feet-5-inches tall with short black hair. He has very little facial hair and spoke in broken English with a heavy accent. The man was last seen wearing a burgundy shirt an black pants.
Investigators also say the man could be living within the canyon area.
“It can happen to anyone. Unfortunately, it’s the world we live in,” Miller said.
The Solano County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect is still at large. They are warning hikers to be extremely careful.
If you have any information about the attack or that could lead to an arrest, you are encouraged to call Detective Andrew Hendrix at (707) 784-7058