Woman sexually battered while walking in Vista, deputies searching for suspect

Posted at 6:52 PM, Jun 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-12 11:45:46-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Deputies are asking for the public’s help identifying a man they say sexually battered a woman on a walk in Vista.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the incident happened on the 500 block of Civic Center Drive around 1 p.m. Monday.

Deputies say the woman was walking when she noticed she was being followed by a man on a bicycle.

The man approached the woman and tried to pull her off the sidewalk toward a nearby building when the woman tried to pull away.

The man then pushed the victim to the ground and touched her inappropriately before escaping.

A bystander noticed the distraught victim and checked on her. After she explained what happened, the bystander drove the woman home where her family called the Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect wasn’t located after a search. The man is described as an approximately 20-year-old thin, white male with short, black wavy hair who is clean shaven and was wearing a black short-sleeve T-shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Vista Patrol Station at 760-940-4551 or the sheriff’s communication center at 858-565-5200.