On Thursday, October 18th, at about 2:40 P.M., Modesto Police officers were called to Mancini Park, located at 1204 River Road in south Modesto, for a report of an assault. When officers arrived, they learned a mother had been violently sexually assaulted by a stranger, while visiting the park.
Officers learned the mother was at the park with her two children, ages 1 and 8. As they were visiting the park, a male suspect approached the victim and without warning violently physically assaulted the victim by punching her and pulling her to the ground. The mother was holding her one-year-old child in her arms, at the time of the assault, and the suspect’s attack caused the child to fall to the ground. Once on the ground, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim.
An elderly female witness, who was nearby, saw the assault and quickly grabbed the two children and removed them from harms way. The witness took the children with her, as she ran to summon aid. After the assault, the suspect fled on foot towards an adjacent residential neighborhood, west of the park.
Additional officers, a canine unit, and several sheriff deputies assisted in the search for the suspect, however, due to the short delay between the time of the assault and the time the police were called, the suspect was able to flee the immediate area and elude capture.
Officers have now focused their efforts into identifying the suspect and proceeding in the criminal investigation. The suspect in this assault is described as a black male adult, in his 30’s, last seen wearing a black tank top and shorts.
The assault victim was transported to a local hospital, where she was treated for her injuries. She remains in stable condition. The one-year-old child suffered minor injuries from the assault and fall. Both children are safe and are with immediate family members.