NORTH HIGLANDS, CA - The public's help is needed in finding a sexual assault suspect, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said.

A 20-year-old woman was sexually assaulted early Friday morning near Kirkby Way and Walerga Road, Deputy Jason Ramos said.

The suspect approached the victim on foot and began talking to her; when she tried to leave, the suspect attacked and sexually assaulted her. Ramos said the man then ran from the scene, going northbound on Walerga Way.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s with dark skin, about 5'10" tall with a medium build. Ramos said he had dreadlocks and wore a dark-colored jacket at the time of the assault.

Anyone with information about the crime or the whereabouts of the suspect is urged to call 916-874-5070.

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