Petaluma police arrested a 50-year-old man Friday afternoon after he allegedly attempted to murder a woman near a creek adjacent to the city’s Lucchesi Park. Kevin Fredrick Willey was arrested after police received a call at about 1:15 p.m. Friday from a city worker who reported that a woman was being attacked in Lynch Creek near the park. The worker said he and a co-worker were near Little League fields at the park when they came across what appeared to be a sexual assault in progress, police said. The workers said the attacker had a piece of cloth wrapped around the neck of a woman who was bloodied and nude, was strangling her and beating her in the face, according to police. The woman, who appeared to be limp, was being lifted from the ground while being strangled, police said. When the attacker saw the city workers, he began to flee and threatened to kill them if they approached him, according to police. Petaluma police responded and conducted a search that lasted for about an hour. Bernard Eldredge Elementary School, as well as a nearby preschool and Boys and Girls Club, were locked down as a precaution. Willey was spotted by a helicopter from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, and was located near the same creek, but several blocks east of the location of the attack. Willey was taken into custody and identified by the city workers as the suspect in the attack. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, threats to inflict death or great bodily injury, battery resulting in great bodily injury, and dissuading a witness, police said. The victim was taken to a local hospital with a serious head injury, according to police.
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