A 21-year-old woman is recovering in the hospital after she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted in an orchard west of Fresno, Fresno County Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said.
Botti said around 6:30 p.m., the woman was walking on McKinley Avenue near West Avenue when a gold, four-door pickup pulled up and the driver called her over.
When the woman approached the truck’s passenger window, the man pulled a gun and demanded that she get in, Botti said.
When the woman got in, the suspect drove four miles to the 500 block of Blythe Avenue near Highway 180, where he sexually assaulted her before letting her go.
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“By all accounts, this seems to be a random act,” Botti said.
Botti said the woman managed to walk a short distance north where she later located an employee at a packing shed who called the sheriff’s office.
The woman was taken to a local hospital for medical evaluation, Botti said.
Investigators were in the area trying to backtrack the incident, which took about 25 minutes total, Botti said.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, age 25 to 28, with heavy build and short black hair. Botti said the suspect also had an unidentified tattoo on his right forearm and is clean shaven.
There is no known relationship between the victim and the suspect.