Authorities Search for Suspect in Vista Sexual Assault

Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who they say jumped a woman on a Vista roadside Monday, and sexually assaulted her. The woman was walking in the 500 block of Civic Center Drive about 1:00p.m. when she noticed the man in his 20's following her on his bicycle. Moments later, the man grabbed the woman and tried to pull her off the sidewalk toward a nearby building.

As she resisted, the attacker pushed her to the ground and groped her until she was able to free herself and run off.  The man then got back on his bicycle and rode away. At that point, a bystander noticed the distraught woman, asked her what had happened and drove her home, where the victim's family reported the crime.  

Deputies searched the neighborhood where the assault had occurred, but were unable to find the man. He's described as a white man, thin, clean-shaven, roughly 5'6" 150-pound with short, wavy black hair. He was wearing a black short-sleeve T-shirt and riding a black BMX-style bike. 

There is a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest. You can call Vista Patrol Station at 760-940-4551, the Sheriff's Communication Center at 858-565-5200, or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 with any information and you will remain anonymous.


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