UPDATE: On January 13 at approximately 12:45 p.m., Walnut Creek Police Department Public Services Officer Miranda was on routine patrol in the area of the Safeway located on South Broadway and Mt. Diablo Blvd. PSO Miranda had prior knowledge of this case, and the description of the suspect prior to going on duty on this date. PSO Miranda observed what he believed was the suspect in this case loitering in the front of the Safeway store. Miranda immediately called in to Dispatch, at which time WCPD Officer Bertolozzi arrived and detained the suspect. The suspect was identified as 35 year old Jeremy MICKENS out of San Francisco via a records checks. MICKENS was then positively identified by the victim as the suspect in this case. WCPD and EBRPD Investigations Units worked together seamlessly with their investigations, and MICKENS was subsequently arrested and booked on multiple felony charges surrounding this case.
ORIGINAL STORY: On Thursday January 11th, 2018, at approximately 6:15 PM, the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department received a call from the Walnut Creek Police Department regarding an attempted sexual assault that occurred on the Iron Horse Trail just south of Newell Avenue in Walnut Creek.
East Bay Regional Park District Police Department responded to the area and immediately began searching for the suspect along with WCPD. A police K9 was utilized but was unsuccessful in locating the assailant.
According to the adult female victim, about 5:30 p.m., she was walking from the Broadway Plaza area when a black male adult approached her from behind and assaulted her. Based on the suspect’s actions and comments, it was clear he intended to sexually assault and/or physically harm the victim, police said.
The suspect then suddenly fled the area for an unknown reason, running northbound on S. Broadway. The victim was treated for non life-threatening injuries and the suspect should be considered possibly armed and dangerous.
The suspect was described as a black male adult of thin build between the ages of 30-40 years old, with a black beard/unshaven, approximately 5’9, wearing a black beanie, black zip up sweatshirt, white t-shirt, dark jeans, and brown shoes with white tips.
At this time, the identity of the suspect is unknown, Investigators from East Bay Regional Park District Police Department and the Walnut Creek Police Department would like the public’s help identifying a person of interest in this attached photograph. This is an active investigation and anyone who may have any information regarding this incident is urged to contact the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department’s Tip Line at 510-690-6521.