Police Seek Suspect Who Attacked Jogger at East Bay Park

Police in the East Bay are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of an aggravated assault Thursday morning at Chabot Regional Park in Oakland.

The East Bay Regional Park District Police Department said the incident began when a female jogger used pepper spray to defend herself against a dog attack. A short time later, the jogger, a nurse, was accosted by the dog’s owner on the Goldenrod Trail between the Chabot Equestrian Center and the Oakland City Stables, police said.

The suspect tackled and punched the jogger multiple times, and as the victim attempted to push her attacker away, she was bitten on her forearm by the suspect, police said.

“It was pretty obvious it was not canine bites but rather human teeth,” police Lt. David Phulps said. “In addition to the bite, there was punching, kicking. This dog owner stopped her in her tracks on the trail.”

As the attacker walked away, the victim shot a video, following her at a distance, trying to entice her to turn around. But that didn’t work.

The suspect appeared to be between 18 and 25 years old, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, with a thin build and blonde or auburn colored hair. She had two dogs with her at the time of the attack, police said.

One of the dogs was a possible Rottweiler mix, and the other dog was a medium-large yellow or tan colored dog, police said.

Police are investigating the attack as a violent response from a dog owner who took exception to her dog being pepper sprayed.

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