Investigators on Tuesday were looking for a man who reportedly held a woman at knifepoint as she walked along a trail before sexually assaulting her just outside a nearby home.
Officers were first alerted shortly before 8 p.m. Monday to a report of a woman knocking on doors and asking for help in the 300 block of South Shepherd Street, according to Sonora police.
The officers arrived in the area and found the 19-year-old woman, who told police she was attacked and sexually assaulted by a stranger.
She was walking on the trail, which runs between Greenley Road and Morning Star Court. She told the officers that about 5:30 p.m. the unknown man approached her from behind and placed a knife to her throat.
She said the man told her that he would kill her if she didn’t do what he told her to do. The man forced the woman under an overhang of the nearby home on Morning Star Drive, where he sexually assaulted her, she told police.
The suspect then left the victim under the overhang and ran toward Morning Star Drive.
Police described the suspect as a white man with dirty-blonde facial hair, a gray knitted cap, a blue T-shirt, gloves and black pants. Investigators ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Sonora Police Department at (209) 532-8141.