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A man is suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in broad daylight Sunday on a Mission Beach street before nearby residents came to her aid.

The suspect, 40-year-old Philemon Shark, took off on foot but was ultimately found and arrested, San Diego police Lt. Jason Weeden said.

The attack happened about 8:40 a.m. on Bayside Lane near San Jose Lane, just off Mission Boulevard.

The victim, a 24-year-old woman, was walking south when Shark allegedly approached her from behind, threw her to the ground and held her down while he assaulted her, Weeden said. The woman screamed for help, and several residents forced the man off her.

When the man tried to leave, some of the residents followed him but lost track of him, Weeden said. Then, about 45 minutes after the attack, one of the neighbors found Shark hiding in a breezeway.

He fled but was apprehended by patrol officers and booked onto San Diego Central Jail on multiple felony sexual assault charges and outstanding arrest warrants from Washington State, according to Weeden. Shark is from the Seattle area and was believed to have been living in San Diego for the last few months.

–City News Service

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