A man attacked two women along the American River on Sunday — sexually assaulting one and attempting to rape the other — and the Sacramento Police Department is now urging residents to be on alert and travel in pairs in the area.
The assaults occurred within an hour of each other: one at Sutter’s Landing Regional Park north of Midtown, and the other a short distance away along a path underneath the Capital City Freeway.
Deputies arrived at the river just after 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and are still searching for a male suspect.
"While our officers were on scene talking with the victim, they learned about a separate incident where a suspect attempted to rape a separate female victim," said Sgt. Vance Chandler.
Both women told officers they were able to run away from the man. Chandler says a video of the suspect was taken by someone near the river and shows a heavy-set Latino wearing only in what appears to be underwear and walking barefoot. The man was also seen wearing jeans and carrying a green shirt.
Officers and a law enforcement helicopter searched for the man, but were unable to spot him. He was last seen heading west, away from the freeway.
Crime scene investigators closed off the park to the public and processed the scenes on Monday morning.