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Woman Fights and Escapes Attacker in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park

Police officials say a man grabbed the woman as she hiked on a trail and tried to drag her to a wooded area.

RICHMOND, Ca: Wildcat Canyon Regional Park in Richmond Map Courtesy: Google Maps
RICHMOND, Ca: Wildcat Canyon Regional Park in Richmond Map Courtesy: Google Maps
By Bay City News—

A woman fought off an unknown man who attacked her on a hiking trail in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park in Richmond on Friday evening, police said today.

Around 6 p.m. Friday, East Bay Regional Park District police responded to a report of an assault on a hiker near the northeast edge of the park, according to park district police.

Officers met with the victim, who said she had been hiking on a trail when a male suspect grabbed her from behind and attempted to pull her toward a nearby wooded area, according to police.

The woman fought back, screamed and was able to escape the suspect, who fled the area on foot, police said.

Officers conducted an extensive search of the park and the surrounding area near McBryde and Park avenues with the aid of a California Highway Patrol helicopter but were unable to locate the suspect.

He is described as a light-skinned, possibly Hispanic male in his mid 20s to mid 30s with an average height and build and messy facial hair, according to police. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call East Bay Regional Park District police at (510) 881-1833.

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MP February 03, 2014 at 11:32 AM
I walk that trail very often and it is very isolated and remote, with lots of nooks and crannies to disappear in. I would never walk there alone, much less after dark, which 6:00 is at this time of the year. Women, please look at reality. It's not fair that you can't run where you want when you want, but so many things just are not fair. Don't put yourselves needlessly in harms way.
Gary Tang February 03, 2014 at 12:19 PM
We have rights to walk, run, or go anywhere in our land. Women, kids, and men alike, need to know defending themselves. We cannot let others taking away our liberty.
Peter R February 03, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Which trail did this happen on? The article doesn't say.
Steff February 03, 2014 at 12:54 PM
I often run through Wildcat Canyon alone but I purposefully choose midday on the weekends. I hiked there yesterday with my family...my son and I ended up far ahead, separated from my husband, and we saw a man approaching us with a hoodie. I got an eerie feeling and broke out my cell phone and pretended to be on the phone. The man seemed nice, but the point is you never know. I'm buying a stun gun and pepper spray immediately.
lubov mazur February 03, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Red?!?
Steff February 03, 2014 at 04:06 PM
nope, black...
CHACHA February 03, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Stun-gun, pepper-spray LOL is hit n miss, i'd rather have a good BAD-DOG anyday n time, ie lab/pitt, Dobbie, Rott, or a German Shepard (a fact the #1 bitters of all breeds), esp if alone after/near sunset/dark, nor hike, jog/run, walk in a more "populated public areas, trails, parks, places etc, ie Pt Isabelle, Berzerkely Marina, @ Beach in broad-daylight!!!
CHACHA February 03, 2014 at 06:02 PM
Where exactly is/was this trail-head area , as their are soo many enttrances/exits and trails w/in Wildcat Canyon???
lubov mazur February 03, 2014 at 07:22 PM
The hoodie was red in the report. My comment was iquestioning his ability to hide in a red shirt.
CHACHA February 03, 2014 at 07:36 PM
Color is only for an ID purpose to help find or when caught w/this color clothing! Red, green,black, brown, blue color(s) dont matter for one hiding in the bush, brush, trees/trunks, of all clors blend-in n camoflouge things esp @ 6pm @ nite it's dark, lol/not!!!
Gary Tang February 03, 2014 at 08:57 PM
I have to give credit to the victim fighting off the bad guy; she made any potential crime doers think twice before victimizing anyone in the future. She actually made the trial safer for everyone.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 12:37 AM
Man Arrested in Connection with Attack of Woman at Wildcat Canyon Regional Park http://albany.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/richmond-man-arrested-in-connection-with-attack-of-woman-at-wildcat-canyon-regional-park
Loren February 15, 2014 at 02:33 AM
I know that trail and the only time I will go there is with my husband and my son. Its a great place to hike BUT its very remote area. I wont even walk in Alvarado Park trails alone.
David W Bolick March 16, 2014 at 09:58 PM
Stun Gun don't all throw those stupid wires & spikes like on TV. Me & my wife carry a 3,000,000 volt Minnie LIPSTICK STUN GUN that would not a grizzly bear on his butt! Get the Best & Cheapest at http://www.ZafetyAssuranceProducts.com
CHACHA March 16, 2014 at 11:50 PM
? Are all stun-guns legal , concealed or otherwise, in our state/county, as I know WASP Spray is illegal to use as self-defense tho better more powerful streaming/ingredient then the legal pepper spray? ie. what if the stun-gun is used on a innocent person n/or the accused assailant dies from it w/a heart-attack, u/one could be liable w/ a big lawsuit/charges?!

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