Search continues for suspects in Rancho Penasquitos assault

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Police are still looking for two young men who grabbed a pair of teenage girls in a dark Rancho Penasquitos park over the Labor Day weekend, threatened them with a knife and sexually assaulted them.

The victims, both of whom live in Clairemont, were attending a family party in the 12600 block of Spindletop Road on Saturday evening when they decided to take a walk into a nearby open-space area, according to San Diego police.

They were sitting beneath a tree about 8:15 p.m. when two men who appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s walked by them, San Diego Police Department public affairs Lt. Andra Brown said.

Moments later, the strangers grabbed the girls from behind, and one put a knife to the older victim's throat while his cohort put his hand over the other one's mouth.

The assailants then forced the girls into a more secluded part of the park and sexually assaulted them for 20 to 30 minutes, Brown said. The attackers finally fled when a parent of one victim came looking for the girls.

Hearing the adult calling out the girls' names, the men ordered them to walk away, then climbed onto a single bicycle and rode away.

The girls described the assailants, who spoke English to them and Spanish between themselves, as cleanshaven, roughly 5-foot-6-inch Latinos, Brown said. One was wearing a baseball cap and a white shirt with a San Diego Padres logo on it, and the other had on a shirt with an attached hood.

Police have not received any reports of similar recent assaults in the area, according to Brown.

“It looks like it was a crime of opportunity,” Brown said. “We're not looking at this as series-related.”

Investigators were working with the victims to generate composite facial renderings of the assailants to release the public.

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