Visalia police investigating downtown assault

December 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Authorities in Visalia have detained at least one person for questioning after a woman was assaulted.

Visalia police were called to the scene just after 4:30 a.m. Monday after a city worker found a woman badly injured right in front of the side entrance of the Fugazzi's Restaurant in Downtown Visalia.

The city worker noticed the woman was breathing and called 9-1-1. When police got here they transported her to Kaweah Delta Medical Center which is just a block away but she was ultimately taken to a hospital in Fresno because her injuries are so severe. Police say the woman was bludgeoned and they are looking into whether she was sexually assaulted as well.

Officers say the attack happened sometime in the early hours of the morning but they're not sure how long she was out here until she was found.

They spent most of the morning here collecting evidence. Detectives believe the attack happened just a few feet from where she was found.

Visalia police are looking for any possible surveillance video from downtown overnight and they're asking anyone who knows anything about the crime to call them immediately.