Authorities Seek to ID Man Who Assaulted Woman Skateboarding in Aliso Viejo Park

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Orange County Sheriff’s officials are seeking to identify a man who assaulted a woman in an Aliso Viejo park Monday evening.

Sheriff's Department officials on Jan. 21, 2020 released a sketch of a man who they say assaulted a woman in Aliso Viejo the day before.

Sheriff's Department officials on Jan. 21, 2020 released a sketch of a man who they say assaulted a woman in Aliso Viejo the day before.

The incident occurred about 6 p.m. while the 22-year-old victim was skateboarding at Woodfield Park.

The woman said an unknown man tried to talk to her and “unexpectedly attacked her,” authorities indicated in a Facebook post as they released a sketch of the man.

While the victim “fought and screamed,” the man threw her to the ground and dragged her into some bushes before running away, officials said.

The woman described the man as a light-skinned black or Hispanic man in his 40s who is about 6-feet tall. He had a medium build and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and possibly shorts.

The man is wanted on suspicion of assault and kidnapping, officials said.

Anyone with information about the incident, or can identify the man, is asked to call the special victims detail of the Sheriff’s Department at 714-647-7419.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.

Last September, officials were investigating two separate incidents of a man touching girls who were walking in Aliso Viejo. Both incidents occurred near schools.

Lt. Chad Kajfasz, chief of police services for the city of Aliso Viejo, said it is unclear at this point if the same person is responsible.

“I don’t want to make that leap and say that this person is responsible for those other incidents. We’re going to follow the facts and go where they take us," he said.

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