A woman walking on Stevens Creek Trail was attacked Monday evening by a man who pushed her into the bushes and punched her repeatedly in the face.
Police are looking for the suspect, who was last seen heading south on Stevens Creek Trail at the Highway 85 underpass, according to a statement issued Monday, Feb. 26, by the Mountain View Police Department.
Police say the woman, who was visiting from Massachusetts, was walking along the trail near Creekside Park off of Easy Street shortly before 10 p.m. when a man approached her from behind and introduced himself as Jerry. The woman told police she refused to interact with the man.
The suspect then grabbed her and pushed her into the bushes along the trail and punched her in the face repeatedly. She said she was able to bite the suspect as he was trying to muffle her screams, police said.
Two people walking on the trail saw the man and shouted at him, distracting him and causing him to stop the assault. He then reportedly walked away heading south on the trail, police said.
The woman was treated for serious injuries to her face.
Police conducted an "extensive" search of the area with patrol teams and a K-9 unit to find the man but were unsuccessful, according to the statement.
The suspect is described as a 6-foot-tall black man between 20 and 30 years old with a slender to medium build, wearing a gray Golden State Warriors sweatshirt. He was described as having a Caribbean accent.
Anyone with information on the incident or the suspect can contact Det. Robert Medina at firstname.lastname@example.org.