Skateboarder says man grabbed her at O.C. park, dragged her into bushes

Authorities are seeking a man suspected of attacking a woman at a park in Aliso Viejo.
(Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

Authorities on Wednesday were continuing to search for a man suspected of attacking a 22-year-old woman while she was skateboarding in Aliso Viejo this week.

The woman told Orange County sheriff’s deputies that she was skateboarding at Woodfield Park in Aliso Viejo about 6 p.m. Monday when a man she did not know tried to talk to her and then unexpectedly attacked her, said Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The man threw the woman to the ground and dragged her into nearby bushes before running off, Braun said. The woman told authorities she screamed and fought back during the encounter.

The attacker is described as a man in his 40s, 6 feet tall, with dark hair and a medium build. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and shorts. Authorities on Tuesday released a sketch of the man in an effort to identify him.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Special Victims Detail at (714) 647-7419. Anonymous tips can be directed to Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) 847-6227.