Police were searching for a suspect Saturday who sexually assaulted a housekeeper at a Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park during the afternoon before.
At about 3:45 p.m. Friday, police received a report that a female housekeeper had been attacked as she was cleaning one of the hotel rooms.
The victim told police she first saw the suspect walking toward the hotel from the area of Rogers Plaza at 101 Golf Course Drive.
The attack occurred while she was cleaning the patio of a first floor room, starting when the suspect grabbed her from behind and put a knife to her throat, police said.
He forced her through the sliding doors into the room and told her not to scream.
The suspect then tied the victim up and began to sexually assault her. She was able to fight the suspect off and started to scream, police said.
According to police, the suspect ran out of the room back in the direction of Rogers Plaza and was last seen heading toward a shopping center on Golf Course Drive.
The housekeeper was able to call for help and another employee reported the assault to police.
Police took the victim to the hospital for treatment and further investigation.
Officers searched the area and surrounding businesses for the suspect, but had not found him by late Saturday.
Police were also pulling surveillance video from businesses in the area and from cameras on the hotel property Saturday in the hopes of identifying the man who carried out the assault in the middle of the afternoon.
“Kind of an unusual time, being that it was when people are out and about in the middle of the day,” said Sgt. Brandon Davidge, of the Rohnert Park Dept of Public Safety. “Also kind of shocking, and kind of brazen, so we're hoping that somebody saw something that happened.”
The suspect was described to police as being a black male, between 30 and 40 years of age, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build.
He has a tattoo of writing on the side of his neck, police said.
The suspect was wearing a white button-down shirt, black dress pants and black gloves at the time of the attack, according to police.
Anyone with information regarding the assault or the suspect was urged to contact Detective Tara Douglas at the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety at (707) 588-3526.
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