Woman Reports Assault Near Hiking Trail in Towsley Canyon Area; Suspect Vehicle Sought

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A woman practicing yoga near a hiking trial in the Newhall area told police she was assaulted by a man who exposed himself last week. The incident occurred about 4 p.m. on May 16 as the victim was in the 24300 block of Old Road in Towsley Canyon in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Navarro said. The victim said she was practicing yoga in a grassy area near a park building when a man suddenly appeared and pulled her hair. The man was exposing to the victim and touching himself, Navarro said. The suspect fled the scene after the victim screamed. He was described as a light-skinned male between the ages of 25 and 30 years old with a thin build and dark hair. The suspect was last seen wearing dark-colored sweats. The victim was not hurt during the incident, the Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. News of the incident spread quickly on social media. “My friend texted me that she saw a post on Facebook that said someone had been sexually attacked here,” hiker Michelle Hundt said. Investigators said they have not found any video of the incident, however, an image of the suspect’s vehicle was apparently captured. The vehicle was described by the Sheriff’s Department as a newer model, dark purple Lincoln MKZ. The Sheriff’s Department stated they have increased patrol checks of the park and surrounding areas as they continue to search for the suspect. Anyone with information was asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 661-255-1121. Anyone who would prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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