A reward is being offered for the arrest of a man who sexually assaulted a jogger on a well-traveled portion of the American River Parkway last week.
The woman was knocked to the ground by a man who tried to put his hand under her clothing during the attack that occurred about 11 a.m. Tuesday along the American River between Howe and Watt avenues.
Supervising Park Ranger John Havicon said the young woman was jogging on the horse trail between the river and the paved bicycle path. At one point, she passed a picnic table where the man was sitting next to a bike.
As she continued along the horse trail the woman heard footsteps behind her. Thinking it was another runner, she stepped to the side of the trail only to be grabbed, knocked down and attacked.
The woman fought the man off and screamed. That caused the man to leave.
Citizens not far away heard her screams and came to her aid. The man had a dark-colored mountain bike with a U-shaped lock.
He was described as a white man in his 30s with a blond scruffy beard. He was wearing a red cap, camouflage pants, a dark, long-sleeved shirt and black and white ski gloves.
A reward of $1,000 is being offered by the American River Parkway Safety Coalition for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the attacker. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115 or park rangers at 9916) 875-7275.