Woman attacked in Sugarloaf Park near Big Bear Lake


Sugarloaf Park can get busy during the day with lots of kids playing basketball; other people playing with their pets; grandparents spending time with their grandchildren.

But it's what happened Sunday around 7:30 p.m. that's shocking to many. An unknown man attacked a woman and tried to rape her, then burned her with a lighter when she fought back.

Police say the woman had just parked her car, and when she got out, the suspect sneaked up on her, grabbed her and slammed her against a tree.

"The victim had her cellphone in her hand and was frantically trying to call someone for help. After the suspect burned her with the lighter, her phone did connect with a male friend's voicemail, and suddenly this male voice came on her phone which they believe scared the suspect away," said San Bernardino County Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.

The woman drove to the hospital where she was treated and released for burns to her arm and face.

Police described the suspect as a white man between 25 and 35 years old, about 6 feet tall, between 160-170 pounds, with medium-length hair, an unshaven beard and wearing a backpack.

"Anyone that goes to Sugarloaf Park or spends time in that area around there, they should be on the lookout for someone who matches this description," said Bachman.

If you have information related to the case, call the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department at (909) 866-0100.

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