70-year-old woman fights off sex assault suspect in California

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — Investigators in Oakland, California, are looking for a man they say tried to sexually assault a 70-year-old woman in front of her home.

Police say an unidentified man first tried luring the woman with a $100 bill while she was gardening. The woman refused and turned away, but the man then grabbed her from behind and pinned her to the ground.

โ€œNever in my wildest dreams would I think that would happen here,โ€ a neighbor said.

Police say the attack happened just before 8 a.m. Friday morning. Despite her age, the woman was able to fight the suspect off, forcing him to run. She did not want to be interviewed about the attack.

โ€œShe did the right thing. She started screaming, she started fighting, fighting him off, she was able to get away,โ€ Officer Johnna Watson said.

Another neighbor said, โ€œGood for her, that’s remarkable. I donโ€™t know if I could do that, and Iโ€™m like half that age.โ€

With the man still on the loose, the neighborhood is on high alert.

โ€œWe’re asking anyone in the neighborhood or community who may have information about this individual we certainly want to hear from you,โ€ Watson said.

Crime Stoppers are offering up to $7,500 for information leading to an arrest in this case. 

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