A female jogger was attacked during an evening run in McCandliss Park on March 3. Chula Vista police were called just before 8 p.m. to investigate the incident in which the victim was struck in the head from behind, knocked to the ground, and beaten.
According to police, two suspects punched and kicked the jogger in the head and stomach repeatedly before fleeing into the park on foot. The jogger called for help from her cell phone and police arrived within minutes.
The San Diego Police Department's helicopter provided air support, searching the park and nearby canyon with no results. According to CVPD, the physical assault did not appear to be sexual. The victim was taken to the hospital for injuries.
McCandliss Park, also known as Halecrest Park, is located just east of the 805 freeway, at 415 East J Street, adjacent to Halecrest Elementary School in a residential neighborhood.