Ontario PD looking for man for attempted murder, sexual assault of 78-year-old woman
On Friday, Dec. 14 just before 2 p.m., the Ontario Police Department were called to a residence in the 400 block of NW 9th Street in Ontario after a woman reported a sexual assault. According to police, a 78-year-old woman said she was sexually assaulted and strangled.
"The victim told investigators the suspect came to her home that day around noon and inquired about doing some yard work," said Chief Mark Alexander with the Ontario Police Department. "Living in a rental complex, the victim told the suspect he would need to contact the landlord."
The victim then said the man followed her into her home while she obtained a phone number for the landlord. The suspect would not leave when asked and began to sexually assault the victim.
"The suspect allegedly attempted to kill the victim by choking her," said Alexander. "The suspect ultimately left and the victim was not physically able to summon help until later."
The victim did not see a vehicle of her attacker, but describes him as being either a light complected Black male or dark complected Hispanic who is estimated to be in his 20’s. He is described as being somewhere between 5’01 and 5’07 in height and has a slender build. He has dark hair that is cut short. The victim also said that the suspect has some marks on his face, similar to freckles. There are 2-3 of these marks on each cheek. She also said that the suspect was described as being soft spoken.
At the time of the incident, the man was wearing a blue ball cap with gray under the bill, as well as a two tone blue jacket with possibly some other colors to it.
The victim sustained injuries from the assault and was taken to St Alphonsus in Ontario by ambulance. She was later released and is in the care of family members.
Anyone with information on this case can contact the Ontario Police Department at 541-889-7266 or contact your local law enforcement agency.