ANAHEIM – A man suspected of attacking and sexually assaulting a female jogger has been arrested as police search for other potential victims.
A woman contacted police about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday to report being assaulted on a jogging trail that runs around the Walnut Canyon Reservoir, near Canyon Rim Road and Serrano Avenue, a police statement said.
The woman said a man had approached her, introduced himself and tried to start a conversation with her. When she rebuffed his advances, police say, the man struck the woman “without warning,” knocking her to the ground.
The man then sat on top of the woman, police said, and covered her mouth as he punched her in the face and body before sexually assaulting her. She was escaped and ran to a nearby home to call 911.
Based on a detailed description provided by the woman, police said they detained a man as he walked away from the entrance of the reservoir. The woman identified the man police had detained as her attacker, authorities said.
Mario Orlando Montano, 55, of Anaheim was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and felony assault, police said.
Investigators suspect he may have “assaulted, attempted to assault or harassed other women in the area.”
Authorities are asking anyone with information or who believes they have been a victim to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS or occrimestoppers.org.
By SEAN EMERY / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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