A man and woman were robbed and assaulted Tuesday afternoon by several people in a homeless camp near Stockton Road and Highway 108, said Sgt. Chris Rodgers of the Sonora Police Department.
About 4 p.m., the couple flagged down California Highway Patrol officers near the overpass that crosses Stockton Road.
When Sonora Police officers arrived moments later, the couple said they had been assaulted in their camp by “multiple people,” which may have been up to two men and two women, Sgt. Rodgers said.
The couple was sleeping when the female victim was pulled from the tent. The man was not able to leave the tent, Rodgers said, because one of the assailants “basically stood right on the tent to keep it down on the ground, so the tent couldn't even be lifted up.”
The suspects then demanded money and ended up stealing miscellaneous electronics.
When the suspects left, the man left the tent and saw his wife had sustained a “small laceration on the ride side of her head,” likely from a hard object, Rodgers said.
The woman was transported to Adventist Health Sonora for treatment. Her condition is unknown, Rodgers said.
Information about the unknown subjects had been “sketchy” and unclear, he added, and the Police Department has no information indicating whether or not the perpetrators were transients themselves.
Rodgers also said he did not have information available about other crimes that may have occurred recently in Sonora-area transient camps.
There have been cases in the past, he added, where the department believed “that transients had been preyed upon because they are transients,” either by other transients or the public.
Anyone with information on suspicious activity in the area during the time of Tuesday’s incident is asked to call the Sonora Police Department at (209) 532-8143.