Man sought after woman sexually assaulted on Temecula bike path

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Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman on a Temecula bike path Thursday morning.

The incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. along the Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail underneath Winchester Road, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Responding deputies found the 24-year-old victim with minor to moderate injuries. She told them she had been sexually assaulted by a man who was riding a beach cruiser type bicycle.

She was taken to a local hospital and treated for her injuries.

The assailant was described as being 17 to 24 years old, with a medium complexion, of medium height and thin build.

Officials released images of the man they believe attacked the victim. In them, he is riding a beach cruiser with a fender on the front tire and a cup holder on the handlebars. He is wearing a red mask with black stitching, a red t-shirt, black basketball style shorts with white and red design on the side and red shoes.

Authorities said they are investigating a “similar incident” that occurred in the same area Tuesday, in which a female victim was assaulted and her cellphone was stolen. Officials did not elaborate on that attack.

Anyone with information about either attack can call 951-696-3482.

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