SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA) – A group of Good Samaritans rescued a 70-year-old woman who was attacked by a homeless man while walking on a trail in Santa Clarita Tuesday morning, deputies said.

Colton Ford, 29, has been arrested on attempted murder charges.

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reports that at approximately 8:23 a.m., the victim was walking along the South Fork River Trail when she was approached and strangled by Ford.

Two cyclists, one of whom was a retired police officer, came upon the attack, where they found the victim unconscious on the ground, with Ford standing over her, the sheriff’s department said.

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The cyclists called 911 and detained Ford while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.

The victim was treated by Los Angeles County Fire crews and rushed to a hospital, where she remains in fair condition.

Ford was arrested by deputies and booked on attempted murder. He is being held on $2 million bail.

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Anyone with information on the case should call LASD at 661-255-1121.