WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) -- The West Sacramento Police Department is searching for a man suspected of an attempted sexual assault at The Rivermark apartment complex.
“It scares you as a parent because you have kids,” Jennifer Magaña, who lives in the complex, told FOX40.
She says she no longer feels safe at home after West Sacramento police say a man held a knife on a woman’s neck and attempted to sexually assault her inside the Rivermark’s laundry room.
“Once it occurs inside where you maybe go wash a late-night load about 8-9 o’clock, it’s terrifying now. Now I won’t,” Magaña said.
Police say the man told the woman to be quiet and let him do what he wanted. She resisted, and police say that’s when he knocked her to the ground, kicked her and stomped on her.
Neighbors tell FOX40 the victim now has bruises on her face and that she lives here with her little kids.
“A lot of moms here are stay-at-home moms,” Magaña said. “You’ll see all throughout the day, moms are just here with their kids.”
West Sacramento police believe the man drove over the I Street Bridge in a silver or gray sedan just before and after the attack.
“It could have been me,” one woman, who did not want to be identified in this story, told FOX40.
The woman said she recognizes the suspect, claiming to have had a strange encounter with him a few weeks ago.
“He came up to me and he asked me if I wanted to make some money, and I said no. And I was walking off and he started following me right behind me and I turned around and looked at him like, ‘What are you doing? Why are you following me?’ And he just walked around the corner,” she said.
When detectives came to her door asking about the suspect, the woman we spoke with says she reported that incident to them.
Meanwhile, Magaña says she’s now being more cautious and keeping a closer eye on her own children.
“Now, we think twice. Now, we got to make sure the kids are inside at all times and if we go to the laundry room, we’re with them,” she said. “I used to leave my door unlocked all the time because I’m home. I thought I was in a secured area. Now, it’s definitely locked and my dog is definitely leashed out in the living room.”
FOX40 was told the management of this complex promised to install cameras in the laundry room, but neighbors say the security doors are often propped open, allowing anyone to get inside.
Anyone with information is asked to call West Sac PD at 916-617-4947.