Walter Mencken 4 p.m., May 3
Ramona Woman Escapes Masked Men
Sara Evins is frustrated with what she sees as an attempt to downplay an attempted assault last week in the rural San Diego Country Estates, several miles east of the town of Ramona.
Around 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, Sara was returning to her home in the Estates. Waiting at a traffic signal to turn onto Gunn Stage Road from San Vicente Road, she observed two men dressed in dark clothing and wearing black ski masks approaching her car, one with an outstretched arm reaching for the car door handle. Alarmed, she accelerated through a red light and proceeded home. She contacted the Sheriff’s department the following day.
Per Evins, Deputy T. Siever responded to her initial complaint in a professional manner and thoroughly attempted to address her concerns. Further investigation, however, attributed the reported event to the work of local pranksters, who had created a public nuisance in the area primarily by tossing eggs at passing cars. This explanation didn’t seem appropriate to Evins, who felt the masked men approaching her were of a much more sinister nature than the typical teenage vandal.
“The sheriff never told me they’d patrol more, or do anything else comforting,” says Evins of her contacts with the local substation. She further states that a sheriff representative contacted by the Ramona Sentinel, a local newspaper, urged the paper not to report on the story, contending that the alleged actions were the work of teens since charged with the egging vandalism.