Santa Rosa police seek suspect in creek path assault

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Police are searching for a man accused of assaulting a woman along the Santa Rosa Creek path between Stony Point Road and North Dutton Avenue on Tuesday evening.

The 37-year-old victim told police she was out for a walk on the path around 7:30 p.m. when a man she did not recognize tried to pull her into the creek bed. She described him as white, between 5-foot 4-inches and 5-foot 6-inches tall, with a medium build and in his mid-30s. He was wearing a baseball cap, white T-shirt and dark jeans.

The man put his hand over the woman’s face and strangled her so she could not scream, according to police. She fought back and freed herself from his grasp, then ran away.

Police are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Santa Rosa police at 707-543-3600.

You can reach Staff Writer Kevin Fixler at 707-521-5336 or kevin.fixler@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @kfixler.

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