SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 6-foot-2-inch, 350-pound homeless man was behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of mugging and trying to rape a woman across the street from San Diego police headquarters.
Marcus Gregory Higgs, 35, allegedly jumped the woman from behind in the 900 block of 14th Street and pushed her into a patch of shrubbery about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Detective Gary Hassen said.
Higgs allegedly stole a $20 bill and a $50 restaurant gift card from the victim and was trying to sexually assault her when her screams caught the attention of an off-duty security guard who happened to be nearby, according to Hassen.
The security guard started struggling with Higgs. Moments later, a police car came by, and the guard yelled out to the two officers in it.
The officers arrested Higgs, who was taken to a hospital to be checked out, then booked on suspicion of robbery, assault with intent to commit rape and providing a false name to police.
The victim was treated for minor injuries, Hassen said.
Higgs was denied bail, pending arraignment scheduled for Friday afternoon.
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