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Another jogger fights off attack in Laguna

February 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A jogger was attacked on a peaceful Laguna Niguel street just a week after another woman was attacked just a few miles away.

The woman in her 20s said it happened quickly. As she walked along a quiet street, the suspect jumped out of the bushes, grabbed her from behind, forced her to the ground and got on top of her.

"She was able to kick him in the groin area. The suspect then ripped her blouse. She continued to fight, kicked the suspect again in the groin area," said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities said the suspect then ran off.

Exactly one week before and just a few miles away in Laguna Hills, a man tackled a woman from behind and forced her into the bushes along a busy street on Alicia Parkway near Aliso Hills Drive.

"All I could say was I need to get out of this ravine because if he's fighting me, at least if I'm on the street people can see," said the woman, who only wanted to be identified as J. "I started screaming the words, 'No, no, no.'"

The woman in that attack also fought back, and the suspect took off. Authorities are trying to determine if the two cases involve the same man.

The suspect in last week's attack was described as 5-foot-8 with a stocky build. He has short brown hair with long, curly hair on the sides. He wore dark fitted clothes and tennis shoes.

In Tuesday night's attack, the suspect was described as 20 to 30 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8 and between 150 to 160 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

The incidents are unsettling for residents in a community with a very low crime rate.

"That doesn't happen here, not here," said Carlye Kirby of Laguna Niguel.

Anyone with information related to the incidents is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Department at (866) 847-6273.

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