LBPD Seeks Assistance Identifying Sexual Assault Suspect (VIDEO)
2013-04-10 · By Editor
Recent video footage
The Long Beach Police Department continues to ask for the public’s help in identifying a male suspect wanted in connection with several incidents of sexual battery to female victims that began in September 2012, and detectives are advising the community to be alert to their surroundings.
On December 3, 2012, the Police Department released video footage that depicted a male suspect on a bicycle grabbing a woman’s breast as he rode down the sidewalk. After the release of the video, the incidents ceased until February 7, 2013, when another incident was reported. Since then, six more incidents that occurred during February and March of 2013, have also been reported. Detectives have continued following up on leads and utilizing other investigative tools attempting to identify the suspect. An incident that occurred back on September 15, 2012, wasn’t reported until December 4, 2012, after the victim saw the local news coverage on the suspect and came forward. New video footage was obtained of the suspect during a March 15, 2013 incident in an alley, and detectives are hoping someone in the community will recognize him and call police.
Initial video released on 12/3/12
Based on the manner, date, time, and location in which the crimes occurred, and the suspect descriptions provided, detectives believe it’s possible that one suspect may be responsible for these incidents.
In the series of sexual batteries, the victims vary in age from 12 years to their mid-60’s, and all of them have been walking on the sidewalk when the suspect came up behind them on a bicycle and grabbed either their buttocks or breast as he rode by.
The victims have described the suspect as a male White or Hispanic, 5’6″ to 6’0” tall, 180-240 lbs., with gray and black hair and ranging in age from 25-50 years-old. However, a majority of the victims pinpoint his age at closer to 35 to 45.
In the most recent video, the suspect is seen wearing what appears to be a dark colored sweatshirt and light colored pants. Due to the varying descriptions of the bicycle provided by victims, it is believed the suspect may have access to more than one.
The incidents have occurred on the dates, times and locations listed below:
Date: Time: Location:
9/24/12 8:40 p.m. 4th Street & Alamitos Avenue
9/24/12 9:30 p.m. 4th Street & Nebraska Avenue
9/26/12 9:30 p.m. 4th Street & Cherry Avenue
10/2/12 8:45 p.m. 4th Street & Walnut Avenue
10/12/12 6:40 a.m. Junipero Avenue & 3rd Street
10/29/12 7:30 p.m. 4th Street & Cedar Avenue
11/19/12 3:45 p.m. 4th Street & Elm Avenue
11/19/12 4:30 p.m. Walnut Avenue & Erie Street
11/19/12 5:00 p.m. 4th Street & Chestnut Avenue
11/19/12 7:15 p.m. 4th Street & Lime Avenue
11/20/12 6:30 p.m. 6th Street & Pacific Avenue
11/22/12 9:55 p.m. Broadway & Hermosa Avenue
12/3/2012 Initial video released
9/15/2012 5:00 a.m. Broadway & Termino Avenue (not reported until 12/4/2012)
2/7/13 3:30 p.m. 600 block of Lime Avenue
2/23/13 4:30 p.m. 4th Street & Magnolia Avenue
3/6/13 3:00 p.m. 8th Street & Locust Avenue
3/15/13 6:30 a.m. Alley near 7th Street & Orange Avenue
3/15/13 6:15 p.m. 4th Street & Cerritos Avenue
3/23/13 9:00 p.m. 3rd Street & Orange Avenue
3/25/13 2:30 p.m. 4th Street & Atlantic Avenue
In the March 25, 2013, incident, the crime was witnessed by a person in the area who called police. However, when police arrived, the victim had already left the area. Detectives are hoping that victim will come forward so she can be interviewed.
The Long Beach Police Department would like to remind the public to pay attention to who and what is going on around them and to report any suspicious persons or activity immediately by calling 9-1-1.
Anyone that has also been a victim that has not reported the incident to police or recognizes the suspect description is asked to contact Long Beach Police Sex Crimes Detective Louis Galvan at (562) 570-6407. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS, texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting http://www.lacrimestoppers.org/.