Police Saturday afternoon arrested a man who allegedly assaulted and injured a woman last week on the Iron Horse Regional Trail in Walnut Creek.
On Saturday at 12:45 p.m., a Walnut Creek police officer was conducting routine duties in the area of the Safeway store at 600 S. Broadway when he saw the suspect loitering in front of the store. The officer called dispatch and another officer responded to the scene to detain the suspect.
The suspect was identified as 35-year-old Jeremy Mickens of San Francisco, police said. The victim of the alleged assault positively identified Mickens as the suspect, police said. Mickens was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of multiple felony offenses in connection with the case, police said.
According to police, the assault occurred Thursday around 5:30 p.m. on the trail just south of Newell Avenue in Walnut Creek. That’s where the victim said she was walking when the suspect crept up from behind and assaulted her. She told police that from his actions and comments, it was clear that he intended to sexually assault her, police said.
The suspect then fled north on South Broadway, police said.
The victim received treatment for injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said. Walnut Creek police and East Bay Regional Park District police worked together to investigate this case.
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