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Prosecutor in Middle of Murder Trial is Brutally Attacked

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    Prosecutor in Middle of Murder Trial is Brutally Attacked

    Police Tuesday sought the public's help to locate a possible witness to an attack on a San Bernardino County prosecutor who was on a morning jog in Bob Henry Park in Newport Beach when she was beaten unconscious.

    The woman, whose name was withheld, was attacked about 5:40 a.m. on Aug. 31 near 16th Street and Seagull Lane.

    Police would like to talk to a man who was seen riding a red beach cruiser bicycle in the area that day to see if he could provide any more details, said Jennifer Manzella of the Newport Beach Police Department.

    "We're really hoping with a little public outreach, this individual or someone who knows him will put us in contact with him," she said.

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    The potential witness is white or Latino and was wearing shorts, a light- colored hooded sweatshirt and white shoes , Manzella said. He was last seen riding the bike toward Irvine Avenue.

    The victim was unable to describe her attacker other than to say it was a man, Manzella said.

    A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation told City News Service on the day of the attack that the victim was about to give her closing argument in a gang-murder trial and may have been targeted by gang members.

    A witness said he saw a man on a bicycle following the woman before the attack.

    Anyone with helpful information was asked to call Detective Joshua Vincelet at (949) 644-3790. Anonymous tips may be left by calling a recorded hotline at (800) 550-NBPD.

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