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Sexual assault reported in Las Trampas Wilderness

Original post made on Dec 19, 2012

A woman was sexually assaulted while hiking in the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness on Wednesday, Dec. 12, according to reports. The incident took place at approximately 3:30 p.m. along the Madrone Trail.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 12:49 PM

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Posted by frankly
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 19, 2012 at 7:04 am

Imagine the posting of this rape was posted a couple of days ago, below, and

VIOLA!!! The rape appears in our local epaper!!!!!

Good that it is finally posted to alert, make all people aware that hiking in a very beautiful park also has hidden unexpected happenings.
One person stated, male, that he often hikes into the park and sees many women entering or leaving the park, ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where are there brains???????????

All public agencies associated with parks, hiking groups ALWAYS advise, hike with a buddy ALWAYS for safety sake, a dog while man's best friend, will not prevent an attack.

Assault and Rape
Crimes & Incidents, posted by frankly, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, 23 hours ago

Below is official police report on rape which took place Wednesday of last week on one of Las Tramps Trails:

261 PC

Date: 12/14/2012 Case #: 121212012 Author ID: D. Bermudez

On 12-12-12 at about 1530 hours, the victim was hiking on the Madrone Trail at the Las

Trampas Regional Wilderness. As the victim was walking, she passed a male walking his

dog in the opposite direction. All of a sudden from behind she felt someone pull her hair,

pulling her down to the ground. The suspect then pinned the victim on her back. The

suspect pulled down the victim s pants and penetrated her with his penis. The suspect

then stood up and fled in an unknown direction. The victim provided the following

description of the suspect:

A white male in his early forties. He had short light brown hair, clean shaven, a pointed

nose, with light olive complexion. He had a medium/average build, about five foot ten

inches tall, and weighed about one hundred and eighty pounds.

The suspect was wearing a tan and cr me button up shirt that resembled a bowling

shirt. He had on blue jeans, dark colored tennis shoes, and a silver colored watch on his

left wrist.

The victim described the dog he was walking as a heavy set, medium sized, brown and

white dog. It had short hair with one ear up and the other down. The victim was unable to

determine a breed.

If you have any additional information or similar cases, please call Detective Bermudez

at 510-690-6562.

East Bay Regional Parks Police Investigations

(510) 690-6549

No mention has been found in local papers or public agencies reporting on crime in the immediate area. WHY?

Know we see the epaper notice of this assault/rape.

The mother of this person stated that her daughter was severely assaulted and received two black eyes, many black and blue marks to her body BUT NO MENTION IN PUBLIC REPORTS. WHY?????

Posted by Diane
a resident of Blackhawk
on Dec 19, 2012 at 9:05 am

White male--olive complexion? Gee---who we protecting here?

Posted by oh!riley
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 19, 2012 at 9:33 am

Why is it that the whole town goes up in an uproar when a mountain lion is sighted but a rape & assault of a woman in broad daylight in a public place doesn't even earn a mention by the press within 24 hours of it happening?
"frankly"--as much as you would prefer that woman pair up for safety at all times, it isn't always a choice. Bringing a dog, not wearing headphones and being aware of one's surroundings can help ANYONE stay safe, but all citizens should have the ability to move freely & safely in our streets and local parks, especially at 3:30 in the afternoon. Stop blaming the victim--where are YOUR brains??

Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

Besides bringing a dog...bring a colt. If and when anything happens to threaten your safety...discharge your colt below the belt.


Julia Pardini, from Alamo

Posted by Mona
a resident of Danville
on Dec 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

I too was disgusted by the victim-blaming comment. Instead of teaching women to avoid rape (which is impossible, btw. Women get raped by their boyfriends, husbands, brothers, AND strangers least of all) we should teach men not to rape. Don't blame the women going about their normal lives. How dare you go hiking in San Ramon in broad daylight without an escort at all times?

Posted by female hiker
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Accept for this time of year because it's dark after 5:00, I hike daily (off Hemme where the rape took place) with my dog ALONE (I have plenty of smarts) two thirds of the time and the other with a friend and her dogs. I have been hiking up there for 15 years with only a wild animal encounter here and there but never a wild a__hole. I was stunned when I heard and very pissed about it. I will continue to hike ALONE with even more caution than usual along with my pepper spray and MAYBE a "colt" as was suggested.

Posted by frankly
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm

To hike or not!!!!

Again, it is customary as done here to shot the messenger.

All agencies, hiking groups, advise that no matter male or female, hike with a buddy not ONLY for protection but for an emergency if one should occur.

The attitude here is: damn the male and I shall hike where I please

Welcome ladies to your free undisturbed hike with using the most advised saying for decades, hike with a buddy.

Hike alone but dont seek to cry in misery after the event.
Happy Trails to all singletons who insist on it.


Posted by LOUISE
a resident of Danville
on Dec 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

Women need to protect themselves however they see fit. If it is pepperspray or a weapon. I think when you are preyed upon it is necessary to take the appropriate action. I am sorry that we cannot be free to do what we want, but that has been the case forever. This is nothing new so we should not be shocked. If you choose to hike alone in the hills then you know you are at risk.

Posted by Libertarian Capitalist
a resident of another community
on Dec 28, 2012 at 11:31 am

My wife hikes with a belt of hand grenades and an AK47 strapped across her chest. Never had any problems. Thank God the founding fathers gave us the 2nd amendment right to carry hand grenades and assault rifles.

Posted by Merry Dane
a resident of Danville
on May 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Does anyone know if this case has been solved? I don't recall seeing news of an arrest or any follow up reporting. I would like to know if they caught the guy, or if he is still on the loose, or if it was a false report.

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