UPDATE: Walnut Creek: Police Arrest SF Man Who Allegedly Assaulted, Injured Victim Last Week

January 14, 2018 10:20 am · 28 comments

Police Saturday afternoon arrested a man who allegedly assaulted and injured a woman last week on the Iron Horse Regional Trail in Walnut Creek.

On Saturday at 12:45 p.m., a Walnut Creek police officer was conducting routine duties in the area of the Safeway store at 600 S. Broadway when he saw the suspect loitering in front of the store.

The officer called dispatch and another officer responded to the scene to detain the suspect. The suspect was identified as 35-year-old Jeremy Mickens of San Francisco, police said.

The victim of the alleged assault positively identified Mickens as the suspect, police said.

Mickens was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of multiple felony offenses in connection with the case, police said.

According to police, the assault occurred Thursday around 5:30 p.m. on the trail just south of Newell Avenue in Walnut Creek.

That’s where the victim said she was walking when the suspect crept up from behind and assaulted her. She told police that from his actions and comments, it was clear that he intended to sexually assault her, police said.

The suspect then fled north on South Broadway, police said.

The victim received treatment for injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.

Walnut Creek police and East Bay Regional Park District police worked together to investigate this case.

Khloe January 14, 2018 at 10:25 AM

Nice work WCPD! It seems like they are stepping up their game as WC has been seriously targeted by outsiders for years now.

Bill Cutting January 14, 2018 at 10:35 AM

Diversity is our strength LOL

KingOfC January 14, 2018 at 11:23 AM

Looks like Ezell from the movie “Friday”, “ I want 150,000! But we can settle out of court right here for 20 dollars”

Doggnutz January 15, 2018 at 5:07 AM

My 1st thought….

WC resident January 14, 2018 at 11:27 AM

Excellent work!

Mr. Fixit January 14, 2018 at 11:33 AM

A pillar to our society!!! What trash!!!!

TIFOKCIS January 14, 2018 at 12:04 PM

Is the injury to the victim also ‘alleged’?

She is brave to ID the POS.

Ven Xeter January 14, 2018 at 12:24 PM

This is what happens when our local politicians tell the police to ignore the transient issues which have become exponentially worse in our community over the past 5 years. This time is was an attempted sexual assault. It’s only a matter of time before one of these miscreants completes what they set out to do. What do we need to get the police to do their jobs, a murdered child on a local trail? You don’t have these issues in Orinda or Moraga because the police don’t tolerate it in those communities.

Badge1104 January 14, 2018 at 2:49 PM

You don’t have this problem in some of the other cities because the population demand this enforcement and support the police efforts. Walnut Creek has a liberal City Council and a lot of liberal millennials that have moved in, along with a newer batch of prosperous old hippies that moved in Rossmoor, and they like their towns to be diverse and open. Their funding of homeless shelters is only got tracked more of this.
but this might help lighten Concord load.

Tara January 17, 2018 at 9:10 AM

You don’t have it in Moraga because there is no freeway or BART access to that town. I went to school there.

You do have more of it in Orinda but they’ve don’t have a news outlet that’s interested in reporting it. The local Lamorinda newspaper that’s delivered to residents here are informed. Outsiders are not.

Dorothy January 14, 2018 at 12:25 PM

Injuries may not have been life threatening but will leave life long mental scars. And yes, she was brave to ID the guy because he won’t be in jail all that long.

Kentucky Derby January 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Great job WCPD! She was very brave to ID him. From what I’ve heard from women who’ve been victims of sexual assault (and attempted sexual assault) you’re never the same. Very sad. Stay safe ladies…

Mary Fouts January 14, 2018 at 1:47 PM

I hope the very brave victim heals and is able to emotionally find peace with this horrid experience.

Seeing the front face shot, this man closely resembles a black male I observed one afternoon at Diablo Foods in Lafayette last month. He was sitting on the bench around the large oak tree in front of the store, smoking a cigarillo, talking gibberish to himself and flinging his arms around. A manager ordered him off the property. Especially since WCPD (great job!) arrested him loitering in front of Safeway (another grocery store), I just wonder if this was the same guy. Lots of women assault targets at grocery store, when you think about it.

Homer January 14, 2018 at 7:13 PM

Name another one in the area.

primo January 14, 2018 at 2:30 PM

thanks wcpd
good assertive suitutional awareness heads up pro-active police work…..a good pat on the back to all of you…. plus thanks for other excellent police work for which you have not been publicly recognized

On the negative side,if this goes to court,the victim could use some personal emotional assistance as the public defender/defense lawyer will make the court testimony questions absolutely vicious,demeaning,and personal…sometimes worse than the crime experience itself.
Again,thanks wcpd…now hope is for an aggressive,assertive combative disrtict attorney for a sucessful,no plea bargain,prosecution resulting in a state prison,not probation,sentence to run concurrently if he is a parolee.

Mika January 14, 2018 at 4:11 PM

Hope his defense doesn’t accuse WCPD of profiling.

TIFOKCIS January 14, 2018 at 4:30 PM

He is the victim of something.

Darwin January 14, 2018 at 9:11 PM

@ TIFOCKIS
He is the victim of poor choices and bad judgment.

foothillsguy January 14, 2018 at 4:29 PM

Congratulations Walnut Creek you have just been culturally enriched.

Hey January 14, 2018 at 11:17 PM

Once the homeless shelter moves into the old KFC these stories will be more
Common

chuckie the troll January 15, 2018 at 11:52 AM

That’s only a day program, and it already exists and functions at St. Paul’s. That program is a magnet for the homeless. They come in via BART, have lunch and hang out there, and then go…you get it. Lots of mail boxes in the area have been broken into as well.

Most of those folks are addicted and/or mentally ill. They need treatment but can’t be forced into a program. Until our laws change we will be stuck with this problem and the crimes they commit.

Ricardoh January 14, 2018 at 11:36 PM

No comment.

Kyle January 15, 2018 at 4:53 AM

First of all, great job WCPD! Secondly, I’m sure the perv has a long criminal history but is simply misunderstood. Lastly, our Liberal judges will slap This “minority’s” hand and he’ll be creeping around our area soon enough.

chuckie the troll January 15, 2018 at 11:52 AM

Cane um, Dano!

Barbie Girl January 15, 2018 at 5:08 AM

I saw him at Safeway loitering in the parking lot. I parked my car away from him and another car of questionable “youths”. That Safeway and the neimghborhood by Broadway Plaza is turning into a real cesspool.

Mr. Pink January 15, 2018 at 12:57 PM

Nice job WCPD.

Simonpure January 15, 2018 at 1:29 PM

are we just assuming he is homeless or does someone know for sure.

Barnie January 15, 2018 at 5:46 PM

Here is a group that helps poor people! Expect more in our area. Let’s face it, we have a homeless problem – due to the developers building high end housing, and giving the city of Walnut Creek money – in leu of building affordable housing.

http://www.whiteponyexpress.org

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