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Published on May 22, 2024
Authorities Seek Public's Help to Find Suspect in Broad Daylight Assault on Jogger in FontanaSource: Unsplash/Michael Förtsch

A woman's peaceful jog turned into a nightmare after being assaulted by an unknown man bearing a weapon, in the vicinity of a hiking trail in Fontana, authorities reported. The attack occurred in broad daylight last week, with deputies now on the hunt for the assailant. The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner's office said in a statement that the assault happened on the 4100 block of Foxborough Drive around 6:44 p.m. on May 18.

The victim, whose identity has been kept confidential, was jogging when she was assaulted by a white male adult, about 25-years of age, with blonde hair. Despite the attack, she sustained only minor injuries. Fontana Police Officers arrived on the scene after being alerted to the incident, which initially took place at around 3:42 p.m. Detectives from the Fontana Sheriff’s station are following up on the investigation, as the crime scene fell within their jurisdiction.

While the suspect remains at large, he left behind a trail of evidence that could ultimately be his undoing. The local police department is asking for the public's assistance in bringing this case to a close. According to official statements, anyone who has information about the assault or the suspect is encouraged to step forward and contact Detective Derek Pedersen of the Fontana Sheriff's Station. Confidentiality is assured for those who wish to provide information anonymously through the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME or via their website.

The lack of security on what are typically serene trails has unnerved the local community, raising concerns about the safety of outdoor spaces that many take for granted. Representatives from the Fontana Sheriff's office reiterated the importance of vigilance and communal awareness in preventing such incidents. Those with tips can reach out directly to the Fontana Sheriff's Station at 909-356-6767, the statement from Sheriff-Coroner Shannon D. Dicus concluded.