Two women jumped after dark in Pacific Beach

Posted at 8:03 PM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 23:03:33-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A Pacific Beach neighborhood is on alert after at least two women, walking alone between 10:30 and 11 p.m., were assaulted by a man on the dark sidewalk.

The first was two weeks ago, another last Thursday night.   One woman ran away after being pushed, the other fought back after being chased and jumped.

It's frightening.

Shea Solazzo told 10News, "I'm pretty concerned. I come here often, sometimes late at night. I'd like to be secure that nothing's gonna happen to me while I'm here. It's such a beautiful area and I don't want to have to worry about who's out here as a potential threat."

It’s a busily-traveled street but poorly lighted; just a solitary street lamp at the intersection of Pacific Beach Drive and Cass Street.

Marcos Negrao has rented the house on the corner for several years.  "This is a very dark area, especially that corner on the other side of the street where we believe the attacks happened  This corner is better because we have the lights but the side is absolutely dark and full of trees to it's very easy for something to happen there."

Neighbors are warier now, knowing there's a violent aggressor out there.

"We used to walk around the house and bay and restaurants. We are a bit worried, yeah."

Elyce Basore agreed.  "We're scared. We were just talking about it at a birthday party bonfire the other night. We all didn't want to walk home and that's never happened before. You're worried for whatever girl's gonna be next."

She and her friend Caitlin Fitzgerald grew up near here and are stunned at the sudden sense of danger.

"We were just at her bonfire and rather than just, 'Okay, bye, guys, I'm gonna ride my bike home.' I had her husband walk me to my car."

San Diego Police have just a vague description of the suspect:  a clean-shaven Latino in his 20s, with medium height and weight; hair falling over his forehead and wearing a baseball cap backward.