A 19-year-old man accused of attempting to sexually assault a woman on a bike path in Temecula was charged Friday with attempted rape and other offenses.
Travon Lee Branom of Murrieta was arrested Tuesday following a weeks-long Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation.
Along with the attempted rape count, Branom is charged with assault with intent to commit rape and assault resulting in great bodily injury.
He’s being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and is slated to be make his initial court appearance Monday at the Southwest Justice Center.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Edmond Seltzer, a woman was jogging along the Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail near Winchester Road about 10:30 a.m. on July 16 when Branom rode up on a beach cruiser style bike and allegedly shoved her to the ground.
The victim, identified in court documents only as “H.M.,” briefly struggled with the defendant as he allegedly attempted to rape her, Seltzer said. The woman’s attacker then fled, and she was treated at a hospital for unspecified injuries.
Detectives gathered sufficient evidence to identify the alleged perpetrator, who was taken into custody without incident on Agua Vista in Murrieta on Tuesday, according to Seltzer.
The sergeant said Branom is also suspected in an earlier attack, on June 14, involving another woman who was in the same location.
Few details were disclosed, but according to Seltzer, the victim was struck, and her attacker tried to sexually assault her before snatching her mobile phone and riding away.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Southwest station at 951-696-3000.
The defendant has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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