Homeless man attacks old woman on hiking trail

A popular hiking trail in Valencia became a nightmare on Tuesday morning for a senior woman after a homeless man attacked her.

A popular hiking trail in Valencia became a nightmare on Tuesday morning for a senior woman after a homeless man attacked her.

Two good samaritans came to her rescue, one a retired police officer, riding along the South Fork River Trail that morning near Auto Center Drive and Creekside Road in Santa Clarita, stopped to help a senior woman when they saw a man standing over her as she lay unconscious on the ground, FoxLA reported.

The 70-year-old woman had gone for a walk along the trail when the suspect, homeless man Colton Ford, a 29-year-old Caucasian male and local transient, approached her and began to strangle her, rendering her unconscious. The retired police officer and good samaritan stopped the suspect’s attack and detained him, pending the arrival of deputies as they called 911.

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Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel arrived quickly and rendered aid to the old woman, and she was transported to the hospital where she is listed in fair condition.

The suspect was arrested and transported to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station where he was booked for attempted murder. He is being held in custody, bail set at $2 million.

If not for the fast action of the two Samaritans, the outcome of this incident could have been much worse. We are proud to be partnering with our community, being aware and watching out for one another. We encourage our community partners to report any suspicious activity and if they see something.

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Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Santa Clarita Police, Detective Elsee at 661-255-1121. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, please call Crime Stoppers by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your cell phone by downloading the P3 Tips Mobile APP on the Apple App or Google Play Store or by using the website lacrimestoppers.org