A 43-year-old woman reported being sexually assaulted Friday evening at Bear Creek, according to Merced police.
The incident happened between the 100 and 200 block of West 28th Street, and police responded to the scene around 7:30 p.m., according to Lt. Bimley West.
The victim told police she met the suspect while he was fishing along the creek. When the victim decided to leave, the suspect grabbed her, took off her clothes and sexually assaulted her.
Detectives responded to the scene to search for evidence, while a counselor accompanied the victim to a hospital.
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Few details are available about the suspect, who appeared to be a Latino male in his early 20s.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702 or the department's automated tip-line at (209) 385-4725. Calls are kept confidential, and you can remain anonymous.