SOUTH EL MONTE >> Detectives cautioned the public and sought information after a man pulled a female jogger into some bushes and sexually assaulted her before she fought him off at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte on Thursday afternoon.
The attack unfolded about 5:30 p.m. in the park, in the 500 block of Durfee Road, Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
A woman was jogging when the man approached her from behind, Rouzan said.
“He pulled her into the bushes and sexually assaulted her,” he said. “The victim was able to fight the suspect off and escape. The suspect rode off on his bike toward Durfee Road and out of view.”
Deputies described the attacker as a Latino man between 20 and 30 years old, with light skin, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 175 pounds, with a black fade haircut. He wore a black T-shirt and black sweatpants, and had a teardrop-shaped tattoo under his left eye.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
SOUTH EL MONTE >> Deputies made 67 arrests Saturday during the first day of the two-day HARD Summer 2014 music festival taking place at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, authorities said.
About 40,000 people were estimated to have attended the first day of the rave-style electronic music festival, with similar attendance expected Sunday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Of the 67 arrests made Saturday, 60 were for fake identification cards, sheriff’s Deputy Johnny Jones said.
Six people were arrested on suspicion of selling drugs, Jones said.
And one person was arrested Saturday on suspicion of robbery after stealing an event staff shirt from the back of a worker, Jones said. The suspect was apprehended following the crime, which was apparently committed in an effort to sneak into the festival.
Statistics were not available for Sunday as the concert continued, but Jones noted there had been “a few” arrests.
PHOTO – Deputies watch over the HARD Summer 2014 music festival from their command post at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte. (Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)
I have two horses at Whittier Equestrian Center and every once in awhile a group of about 75 to 100 people (mostly spectators) go out on the trail and race horses so hard their noses were bleeding, they bet on horses and drink beer. They throw their trash on the ground. They block the trails and ride aggressively towards you if you dare ride where they are racing. I did, they rode towards me and my horse threw me off. Once we got back to the stables we called the Whitter P.D., the County Police, Temple City Police, and El Monte. Every Police Dept. kept saying not our job. Finally, one call to Pico Rivera Sheriff’s got at least 4 cars and a helicopter. All the bad guys left. They came back the next couple of weekends but so did Pico Rivera Sheriff’s when we called. Finally, the bad quit showing up! Thank you Pico Rivera Sheriffs!