Sheriff's deputies come to rescue of Oakhurst woman

An Oakhurst woman, nearly assaulted on Highway 41 in Oakhurst on Thursday, can rest easier, knowing the man who tried to attack her is behind bars.

Joshua Wayne Elliott, 21, of Madera, (who claimed he spent the night in Oakhurst Cemetery), approached the victim shortly after 8AM, asking her for a cigarette. When she refused, he reportedly pulled a knife on her.

The 26-year old victim swung a grocery bag containing a large water bottle at the suspect, hitting him the hand that held the knife. It dropped to the ground, and he took off running.

The suspect, who deputies believe was under the influence of a controlled substance, was later captured by river near Oakhurst Park. The suspect, who claims he does not smoke, told the arresting deputies, “Yea I’m a stoner, but I didn’t ask her for a cigarette.”

Elliott was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections for attempted assault and exhibiting a deadly weapon. He remains jailed at this hour with bail set at $5,000