‘How Do I Stop This From Happening?’ Victim Thought During Claremont Sex Assault

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A female jogger who was sexually assaulted in a park in Claremont shared her story of fighting her attacker off Monday as police sought help finding the assailant.

Blaisdell Park in Claremont is shown on July 27, 2015, when a woman was attacked there. (Credit: Google Maps)

Blaisdell Park in Claremont is shown on July 27, 2015, when a woman was attacked there. (Credit: Google Maps)

The assault occurred about 7 a.m. in Blaisdell Park, at 440 S. College Ave., about a half-mile south of the Claremont Colleges’ southern campus boundary.

A man approached the female victim from behind as she jogged through the park, according to a news release from the Claremont Police Department. He then pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her, police said.

She spoke to KTLA, saying she runs in the park every morning before her 6-year-old daughter awakens. The attacker came out of nowhere, grabbed her, and she hit her head when they fell to the ground, she said.

"The whole time, my mind was thinking, how do I get him away from me, how do I stop this from happening?" she said.

She screamed "help" and "no" loud, the woman said. He put his hand over her mouth, and she bit his hand as hard as she could and was eventually able to get away.

She suffered minor scrapes and bruises, and said she wanted to share her story to empower others to fight back if they are sexually assaulted.

The woman called 911 to report the attempted rape after the attack, Detective Lt. Mike Ciszek said.

The assailant was described as a Hispanic man 20 to 30 years old, 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He had a light mustache and was wearing tan pants, a red-and-white “baseball-type” shirt, and had a flannel shirt wrapped around his head, police said.

No similar attacks have occurred in the area, Ciszek said, calling the attack an apparent isolated incident.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information on the attack was asked to call police at 909-399-5411.

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