Two good Samaritans, including a retired police officer, are being hailed for their efforts to save a 70-year-old woman from a potentially deadly attack in Santa Clarita, authorities said Tuesday.
The two cyclists were riding their bikes along the South Fork River Trail just before 8:25 a.m. when they observed a man standing over the unconscious victim, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The suspect, 29-year-old Colton Ford, went up to the woman as she was walking on the trail and allegedly tried to strangle her, the release stated. She was rendered unconscious by the attack.
As the cyclists approached and saw the unconscious woman, they immediately stopped the attack, detained the suspect and called 911, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
First responders from the Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived at the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital, where she is listed in fair condition.
Meanwhile, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded and arrested Ford. He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and is being held on $2 million bail.
“If not for the quick action of the two good Samaritans, the outcome of this incident could have been much worse,” the release stated.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Santa Clarita Valley Station Detective Elsee at 661-255-1121. Those who prefer to leave at tip anonymously can do so by calling “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477.