Bite marks left by a woman attacked last week on the Stevens Creek Trail ultimately helped police identify her assailant just a few days later, according to Mountain View Police Department officials.
Officers arrested French national Michael Wendy Adonis, 29, Friday on a litany of charges: attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, criminal threats, assault with intent to commit mayhem or rape and unlawfully damaging a wireless communication device and battery.
Police believe Adonis approached the victim, a woman visiting from Massachusetts, just before 10 p.m. Feb. 25 as she walked on the Stevens Creek Trail near the bridge to Creekside Park at the intersection of Gladys Avenue and Easy Street. When she refused to engage with him, he pushed her into the bushes several feet off the trail and proceeded to repeatedly punch her in the face, causing serious injuries.
A pair of passersby foiled the attack, according to police reports. Upon encountering the scene, they yelled at the assailant, and the victim bit him as he tried to muffle her screams. She managed to free herself and join the pair as the assailant fled the scene, traveling southbound on the trail under Highway 85.
An extensive search involving multiple police officers and a K-9 tracker failed to uncover the assailant’s whereabouts that night, but police connected Adonis to the crime after they responded to reports of a battery in progress at a home in the 100 block of Santa Clara Avenue Friday. They noticed Adonis, who had been fighting with his female roommate, fit the description of the Stevens Creek Trail suspect and that he had bite marks on his hands consistent with those the Massachusetts woman inflicted, a police report stated. A search warrant of the home revealed a Golden State Warriors sweatshirt that matched the one the assailant had been wearing during the attack.
Mountain View police detectives continue to investigate the crime and are attempting to discern whether there are additional victims.