Mammoth woman attacked while walking home


On Wednesday morning, February 20 at approximately 1:40 am, a 21 year old female resident of Mammoth Lakes and three friends had just left The Tap bar.  They separated in the parking lot and the victim began walking southbound on Manzanita towards her residence when she was approached from the rear by a male who grabbed hold of her and grabbed her breasts.  She screamed and kicked the suspect who ran away.  She walked to her apartment and called the police.

The responding officers identified where the crime occurred and located footprints in the snow.  They followed them to a condominium complex on Meridian where they got lost with many other footprints.

The victim was shaken up but not injured.  She stated the suspect was of unknown race.  He was tall and skinny.  He was wearing a black “puffy” jacket with “ribs” on it.  His face was covered by the hood on the jacket and she could not tell the suspect’s descent.

The public are reminded to use caution when walking late at night.  Whenever possible, it’s best to walk in groups and remain in well lit areas.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011.


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21 Responses to Mammoth woman attacked while walking home

  1. Mark February 25, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Nothing good happens after dark in Mammoth.

    I won’t be renewing my mvp next season, mammoth is no longer safe. And Mono County is to corrupt to vacation there anymore. Enjoy the crime spree!

    • SierraFan February 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Be gone Mark! There’s plenty of good things about this place! We need folks that like coming here and having a good time.

    • Charles O. Jones February 26, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

      The same could be said of many/most communities, Mark. And the chances are, the community you travel from has a crime rate equal to or higher than that of ML. That aside, ML needs to keep a functional police force 24/7 to help provide a safe environment for its visitors and residents.

  2. Sean February 24, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    We need cops on the streets 24/7. The city is negligent in cutting MLPD to the current levels. The true amount of crime and incidents like this are not being accurately communicated to the public. Next time you see an MLPD officer ask them what has been going on. I personally think the department is failing to communicate adequately to the public what types of incidents they are dealing with and how often they occur.

  3. Big Rick OBRIEN February 24, 2013 at 1:46 am #


    • awesomeworld May 16, 2013 at 2:04 am #

      i know this girl, she took your advice big rick & survived the season! much love!

  4. Charles O. Jones February 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I’m glad to hear the girl was not hurt in the attack.

    Two things came to mind when I read this story:

    1- Even in a small town like ML, females are a target. Don’t walk the streets alone at night.
    2- ML needs to maintain a functional police force 24/7/365.

  5. Wayne Deja February 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    ferdinand….True…But there lies the problem…..According to a neighbor of mine that,in her younger days and being single back then, and going to the Mammoth Lakes bars (and one in particular),this thing happens all the time to girls….maybe not to this extent,but she says groups of drunken,high on pot “guy-guys”are grabbing butts and things in plain view of others on a nightly basis when leaving the bars late at night. What should happen is like what happened a few years ago with that “surfer guy”,when he disrespected a female and got his butt handed to him on a platter by others…

  6. ferdinand lopez February 23, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    vigilante justice,these criminals have to be shown that these kind of chicken*#** acts wont be tolerated by the community,or sit back and watch it get worse

  7. 1234 February 22, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    Sorry that this had to happen to this young girl. So scary but just a prime example of reactive vs. proactive policing that is going on in Mammoth now.

  8. Samantha February 22, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Perhaps if there were lights the perpetrate would’ve been more visible. I’ve been saying for years that the town needs to have more lights in that entire neighborhood. I have heard people say that the town does not want to put up more lights b/c of “light pollution.” I personally think that that is the stupidest reason not to put up lights. This is a socioeconomic issue b/c people who think that lights create “light poisoning” are homeowners and/or the wealthier people in Mammoth. Also, if there were more lights it would be more encouraging for people to walk home from the bars or places that drinking occurs. I personally have lived in the neighborhood and I have lived in more affluent neighborhoods, I would rather have lights in my neighborhood over seeing the stars or whatever the town’s reasoning being knowing that if I feel endanger I can at least see the person doing it. Also, notice that for holidays like Halloween, there are no lights to even welcome families to trick or treat, its so not family or kid friendly. This situation is just like the Sierra Nevada situation last year, two different scenarios of people getting jumped,but it was too dark to see who did it!! Come on what else needs to happen, a murder, a rape, the town of Mammoth Lakes will not respond if it does not directly effect them. That’s my 2 cents.

    • Reality Check February 22, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      Where would the money come from to purchase, install, maintain and pay the electric bill for the lights?

      Mammoth is broke and in survival mode now.

      Your light suggestion is wishful thinking at best.

    • erik simpson February 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      There have been a number of studies of streetlight-crime correlation, curiously many using data from the UK. (Look it up on Google.) The results are generally not clear-cut, but it seems that lighting may reduce property crime, but not so much crimes like assault. I would prefer dark skies to the dubious advantage of well-lit streets in an otherwise rural area. Walking alone after late-night pub crawling is your right, but the obvious disadvantages of the sport are, well, obvious.

    • familygal February 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

      That neighborhood does not need lights, it needs police presence, esp b/c of the bars and liquor store that are near that neighborhood….who okayed the placement of those businesses near a neighborhood…and now a pot store and nursery too! oh brother…

      Also, no female should be walking home alone anywhere late at night….it’s not Mammoth neighborhood thing, it’s a safety thing. Ladies, call a cab, walk with a friend, anything – just don’t walk alone late at night. Stay safe!

      • Wayne Deja February 23, 2013 at 8:47 am #

        familtgal…Doesn’t suprise me at all this happened……again…and your right mentioning having a pot store and nursery nearby will only make the area worse….I’d be willing to bet right this minute there are some unemployed pot-heads thinking of a way to be getting into the planned nursery after-hours to make a free withdraw….and when there are burgleries,a bigger,more violent crime just waiting to happen.And so many people up there that were complaining about police presence…but then when they need them,they complain cause they are not around….and you are so right saying for the girls not to be walking home alone late at night…very few towns left where that can be done safely……and Mammoth Lakes is not one of them.

    • Levi Mize February 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

      Since the city and state are mostly broke it becomes your respocibility to light your way and protect yourself. I would suggest a good flashlight and a reliable revolver, in your case a 38 special would be a good choice. You should be able to walk anywhere you like anytime you like in this country and if it takes a good flashlight and a good gun to be able to do it, then so be it!

      • Wayne Deja February 25, 2013 at 7:35 am #

        Levi…Problem with that is unless you got a conceal carry permit for the pistol,if stopped,you’d be the one paying a visit to the Bridgeport big-house.And if Mono County is anything like Inyo,you gotta jump through a whole bunch of hoops in order to obtain one.But I agree with you…getting to the point,especially in the bigger cities,not safe to be out at night without your own weapon.What I think should happen is allow people to carry and then,if you do something stupid,or get into trouble with the law,anytype of felony or misdemeanor,then to pull it and not to allow it.Some states are like that now…In Oregon,all it took was a 5 hour class,a background check,and a $ 65.00 filing fee.

      • Apathy is wide spread February 25, 2013 at 11:26 am #

        Levi –

        I think you’d be surprised at just how solvent the town of Mammoth really is.
        Rumor has it that a couple of zillionaires could (and would) bail out the town if needed. But the same bozos (elected officials) that were a part of the original airport mess are still around, throwing their weight around, and two others on the town council ran unopposed.
        The overall apathy that exists everywhere is obvious. Even in areas north and south of that money-machine that is Mammoth Lakes.
        Why don’t YOU run for office?

  9. Dingo February 22, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    I remember when the only thing we had to worry about walking through the Ghetto at night were dogs that enjoyed barking and chasing people.

  10. sierragrl February 21, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    good for her for putting up a good fight…I wish the cops could’ve found him, we don’t need this kind of crap going on in Mammoth…It’s a pretty damn safe place to live!

  11. Reality Check February 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Great job by the victim to fight back! Do not go quietly like a sheeple.


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