SACRAMENTO - A 62-year-old woman who donates her free time every day to clean up McKinley Park and feed the ducks was attacked Saturday morning for doing her part to keep the park green.
The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, was attacked from behind and thrown repeatedly to the ground by a homeless man she had encountered before.
"He was spreading trash around and I was cleaning it up and he didn't think I should clean it up," the victim said of her first run-in with the man. But this time, Miguel Gomez, 56, went beyond a verbal confrontation.
"He grabbed my t-shirt and ripped it off and pushed me to the ground then I hit my head," she said.
Witnesses came to the woman's aid and Sacramento police were called to the scene. Gomez was arrested and charged with elder abuse and battery. He is being held on $160,000 dollars bond.
Police said the victim was removing Gomez's fishing lines out of the water when the assault occurred.
The volunteer said the police told her they had previous calls concerning Gomez.
"From the side of mental health, he needs help," the woman said of her attacker. "But my side, I want him to be banned from this park."
The woman suffered several cuts and bruises in the attack, and needed seven staples to close the wound in the back of her head.