Mother: Teen daughter sexually assaulted near playground of apartment complex

Posted at 5:30 PM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 20:35:04-04

CHULA VISTA (KGTV) -- A Chula Vista mother revealed details of a sexual assault her teenage daughter says unfolded feet from the playground of an apartment complex.

On Monday around 1 p.m., at the Toscana at Rancho Del Rey apartments, Tonya says her daughter took their two dogs out to go to the bathroom. Soon after, Tonya got a call.

"She called me at work... a cry I've never heard before," said Tonya.

Tonya says through tears, her daughter described this: as she stood with her back to a canyon, she was surprised in a blitz attack.

"He ... grabbed her and threw her to the ground and on her back, biting her neck... deep bruising on her neck," said Tonya.

Tonya says for the next few minutes, a middle-aged man with a heavy build and moustache sexually assaulted her, touching her below the waist.

"She said she couldn't do anything.  She was frozen... It was a pain she had never felt in that area before," said Tonya.

Tonya says after he was done, he ran off into the canyon. Police responded within minutes, but a helicopter and canine search didn't track anyone down. 

"My heart aches for my daughter. She's a carefree, vibrant girl and she's not that anymore," said Tonya.

A day later, Chula Vista Police called the case "unsubstantiated," saying the girl shut down during the interview and then didn't show up for an interview on Tuesday.  A spokesperson also pointed to a lack of evidence.
"That angers me," said Tonya.

Tonya calls the statements hurtful. She says her daughter shut down because she was traumatized and wasn't in a condition to be interviewed the next day. 

"It was more important to take her to a therapist and help her heal," said Tonya.

Tonya says they are willing to cooperate. "He needs to be taken off the streets so he doesn't do this to anyone else. And she needs justice and closure," said Tonya.

10news relayed Tonya's comments to a police spokesperson, who said they will be calling her to arrange an interview.