The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is looking for a man in connection with Thursday night's assault and attempted rape in an unincorporated area of Murrieta.
Lt. Doug McGrew says the victim was riding a bicycle on Willows Avenue and Sierra Madre at about 11:20 p.m. when she heard someone running toward her. The woman was tackled off her bike from behind and pinned to the ground by the suspect, who attempted to sexually assault her.
The victim struggled and was able to free herself. The suspect fled the area southbound on Willows Avenue.
The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black or Hispanic male adult, early 20s, heavy-set with a muscular build, short dark hair, clean-shaven, wearing a purple-colored T-shirt. The suspect also may have an injury to the right side of his face.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Riverside County Sheriff's Department Southwest Station, Detective Bureau at 951-696-3000.