REDDING, Calif. - Redding Police are currently investigating a sexual assault on the Sacramento River Trail in Redding Saturday morning.
The suspect attacked a woman near the Ribbon Bridge (0.5 miles from Keswick Dam) raping her. Police say he escaped down a dirt trail and she ran in the opposite direction to Washington Ave.
Officials said around 8:30 a.m. they responded to the 2400 block of Washington Avenue for a report of an assault victim. When they got there, they found the woman and took her to the hospital.
The suspect is still on the loose. He is described as a six-foot-tall white male with a stocky build, wearing a mask, blue hoodie, green army jacket, gray sweatpants and boots.
Police said officers, a K-9, deputies and a CHP helicopter searched the area but were unable to find the suspect.
The Redding Guardian Angels said citizens should be active in the community when it comes to safety.
"We're blessed in the Northstate to have these types of trails to have this close access to the hiking and the lakes and the wilderness we have," Patrick Carpenter with the Guardian Angels said. "It's going to take an active role and active participation on everyone's part to keep it as safe as possible."
Carpenter suggested self-defense classes, a smartphone app like Panic Guard, or another form of defense like pepper spray.
The Guardian Angels held a public meeting on Sunday evening. It was scheduled before the attack but they hope to discuss how to prevent this from happening again.
KRCR has reached out to the investigating officer as well as Mayor Brent Weaver but have not heard back from them.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Redding Police at 530-225-4214.