Sheriff's Cruisers
Two San Diego Sheriff’s cruisers. File photo courtesy of the department

A 38-year-old man is behind bars Tuesday on suspicion of attempting to sexually assault a woman in broad daylight at a Poway park.

Ryan Joseph Rasmussen is accused of grabbing the victim from behind, pulling her to the ground and trying to sexually assault her around 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Poway Community Park on Civic Center Drive, just south of Poway Road, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

A bystander heard the 34-year-old woman’s screams and pulled the suspect off her, sheriff’s Lt. Chad Boudreau said.

The victim called 911, but her assailant fled on a bicycle before deputies arrived, Boudreau said.

Detectives arrested Rasmussen on Monday “without incident” on suspicion of assault with intent to commit rape, the lieutenant said.

The alleged assailant was booked into San Diego Central Jail around 10:40 p.m. Monday night, according to jail records. He was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail pending arraignment, tentatively scheduled for April 6.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.