SONOMA -- A Sonoma woman said she was assaulted Wednesday evening while exercising on the Fryer Creek Trail, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.
The 29-year-old woman said she was walking south on the trail just south of Manor Drive around 6 p.m. and turned around when she heard someone run up behind her, sheriff's officials said.
A man then grabbed her buttocks and tried to put his hand under her shirt but she lifted her hands and prevented him.
The woman said she punched the man in the groin and she fell to the ground as the suspect ran north toward Manor Drive. She was not injured and did not need medical attention, according to the sheriff's office.
Deputies searched the area but did not find or identify a suspect.
The woman described the assailant as a chubby Hispanic man in his 30s who is about 5 feet 10 inches tall with dark hair shaved on both sides and a curl in front.
The man had a mustache and goatee and was wearing a medium gray long-sleeved hoodie and dark faded shorts that extended to his calves, sheriff's officials said.
Sonoma police Chief Orlando Rodriguez has ordered extra patrols on bike paths in the Sonoma area and cautioned residents to be alert on them.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (707) 996-3602.