SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA - An organized attack on a young woman last week has many still afraid to walk through a park in south Sacramento.
On the evening of March 13, the victim, a 21-year-old woman, was sitting alone in the Countryside Community Park, near East Stockton Boulevard and Power Inn Road, when she was approached by three men, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies said. The suspects were all wearing black hooded sweatshirts, black gloves and black plastic masks.
The men then worked as a team to sexually assault the woman. Deputies said one of the suspects grabbed the victim and actually carried her over his shoulder to a secluded area of the park. That's where he and another man held her down, while still the third attacker groped her and lifted his mask to lick her neck.
As the victim tried to get away, one of the attackers punched her. When the woman noticed people walking nearby, she screamed for help and the suspects ran away.
Deputies said the suspects are still at-large.
"They were going out for trouble definitely. It's scary. It's scary," Connie English said. "You're afraid to walk out your front door sometimes."
English said she and other frequent park visitors have often seen signs of drug activity in the park, but nothing as bad as this attack.
"It looks pretty safe, but it could happen anywhere," park visitor Mike Flores said.
Investigators said the woman had no visible signs of serious injury, but that's little consolation to people who visit the park.
"We stopped doing the afternoon walks because unless you have your husband, dogs don't work, pepper spray doesn't work, things like that," English said. "So, it's a hard thing to do to not be able to come and enjoy the park."
Because of the masks, investigators have only a limited description of the suspects and they're asking for the public's help with any information about the crime.