FREMONT — Authorities on Monday were trying to determine what happened to a 60-year-old homeless woman who was badly beaten in a possible attempted rape and robbery.

The woman was found near the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Niles Canyon Road on Friday night with a fractured skull, Sgt. Chris Mazzone said.

Police said Monday they were not sure what prompted the assault, but the woman reportedly told witnesses that she was nearly raped by her assailant, whom she didn't know, Mazzone said.

Detectives tried to get a statement from the hospitalized victim over the weekend, but were unsuccessful. They were hoping to speak to her Monday, the sergeant said.

Word of the assault spread through the city's Niles district. One rumor had it that the woman had died, but Mazzone said Monday that was not the case.

Police were at the hospital during the weekend and were told by doctors that she was expected to live.

The assault happened about 8 p.m. Friday after the woman had been seen shopping at a nearby 7-Eleven store.

Witnesses said they found the woman bloodied in the secluded area between the rear of the convenience store and a neighborhood church. They noted that her pants were slightly pulled off her hips and that her purse had been thrown on the ground.

Police said they are looking for a man who witnesses saw fleeing from the area.


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He was described as a light-skinned man in his late teens or early 20s who stood about 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall. He had short, clean-cut hair, wore bluejeans and was carrying a large wooden skateboard.

Anyone with information may call police at 510-790-6900.

Contact Ben Aguirre Jr. at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/benaguirrejr.