Attempted kidnapping reported on Sacramento River Trail

Feb 1, 2015 9:01 PM by Charlene Cheng

All year round, you'll find people walking and biking along the Sacramento River Trail, enjoying the picturesque beauty and perfect temperatures.

"In the summertime it's super cool, hot days it's super cool. It's a place I can walk my dog and ride my long board and bike and come hang out with friends," Michael Buck said.

But Redding police say that a 19-year-old woman reported that she was almost kidnapped along the trail in Caldwell Park on the morning of January 17.

She told authorities that she was taking a walk at around 7 a.m., when a white man in his late 30's grabbed her from behind and tried to drag her into the bushes.

Luckily, she was able to get away.

"I usually bring a friend with me and make sure I come during the time when it's light out and there's plenty of people on the trail," Deanna Davis said.

She adds that this isn't the first time she's heard of an incident like this, so when she's out walking, she's always on alert.

"There have been other attacks here that I know of. I just make sure that I'm safe. I don't put earphones in my ear when I can't hear somebody coming up behind me, and I just really concentrate on that," Davis said.

For residents who grew up in the area, this is just another indication that Redding isn't as safe as it used to be.

"I've had my car stolen, I've lived here my whole life and never heard anything like that happening. And it's happened to me, stole all my son's stuff, it's kinda sad. This was a small town and now it's getting bigger and crime has definitely gone up," Buck said.

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