A homeless man armed with a mallet recently chased after a Roseville woman, prompting police to warn residents about late-night walks alone.
Police said the incident happened about 11 p.m. Oct. 3 when a woman walking her small dogs behind an office complex in the 1300 block of Blue Oaks Boulevard was frightened by a man who jumped out of a sleeping bag.
The man, who brandished a mallet, screamed threats before chasing after the woman.
Luckily, near the corner of Blue Oaks and Foothills boulevards, two men in a truck noticed the dangerous situation and came to her aid. The men chased off the transient before police were summoned.
Roseville police arrested the 22-year-old from Chico on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Police explained that although the woman was unhurt, the mere brandishing of the mallet constituted an assault.
A Roseville police public safety newsletter noted that although attacks by strangers are rare in the city, the incident should remind residents that such situations can occur anywhere. It's safer to walk with a companion after dark, and confine strolls to populated areas, police said.