A woman was playing Pokemon Go late Monday night, walking along a Santee street, when she was attacked, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) confirmed to NBC 7.
San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for the man who attacked the victim from behind. Deputies say they don’t have a suspect description because the woman could not see him.
There have been no arrests made in the case yet, said SDSO Sgt. William Amavisca.
The incident happened on Cottonwood Avenue, north of State Route 52 and south of Mission Gorge Road.
The victim told deputies she was walking on Cottonwood just after 9:30 p.m. on Monday when a man came up from behind and attacked her.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital and released that evening. She suffered scratches to her body, deputies said. The attacker also cut off the woman’s shorts. However, deputies aren’t sure what was used to cut the clothing.
Deputies reminded the public to be alert at all times when out for a walk.
"Always pay attention to your surroundings," said Sgt. Amavisa, in a statement. "Walk with a friend or a family member. For your safety, avoid outdoor activities at night."
The area was searched by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department helicopter ASTREA as well as by deputies on the ground.
Resident Jessica Sommerville was worried about an attack like this reported so close to where she lives.
“It definitely concerns,” Sommerville said. “Santee is supposed to be safe. Our homes are supposed to be safe.”
Anyone with information can call the Santee Sheriff's Station at (619) 956-4000. You can also call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. If that helps lead to an arrest, you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.