Attacked Newport Beach jogger could have been targeted by gang, says source

- "It looked as if a bucket of red blood - paint was poured over her head and every part of her face and shirt was red," said trainer Ron Cary.

Cary is talking about a woman who stumbled into Newport Workout around 5:45 Thursday morning.

A trail of fresh bloodstains and a bloody hand print could be found near the gym on 16th Street and Seagull in Newport Beach.

Cary initially thought she fell jogging

"One of the trainers yelled called the police, she didn't run and fall, she was attacked," said Cary.

A law enforcement source says the woman was about to give closing arguments in a gang murder trial and may have been targeted by gang members.

He says she's been followed before

"I overheard her saying she either works for the DA or is the DA of San Bernardino and she's either in a trial or acting for the murder trial," said Cary.

San Bernardino County District Attorney's Spokesperson Christopher Lee confirmed
"a member of our office was involved in an incident that is currently under investigation."

He would not comment further.

"I heard things coming out of her mouth like was I raped - I was unconscious I don't know how long, are they here, are they coming. Still a little scatterbrained," said Cary.

Newport Beach Police say she was not sexually assaulted or robbed.

They're now trying to understand the motive

And if her job could have made her a target to the brutal crime

"We turned around and saw a woman who could barely walk covered in head to toe in blood," said Cary.

The victim doesn't remember anything about her attacker, only that he was a man.

He was still on the loose as of Thursday night.

 

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