Police Seek Assistance Identifying Person of Interest

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The Long Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a person of interest who is wanted for questioning in connection with a sexual battery that occurred last week at a local Signal Hill bus stop passenger shelter.

On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at approximately 4:30 P.M., Long Beach Police responded to a call of an assault and battery that occurred to a female in the 900 block of E. Willow Street. During the course of this investigation it was learned the victim, a 26 year-old Long Beach resident, was approached by a male subject who engaged her in brief conversation inside a bus stop passenger shelter. Suddenly, without provocation, the subject attacked the victim. The subject groped the victim’s breast and buttocks. No weapons were observed during this incident.

The subject is described as follows: a male African American with a medium skin complexion, 25 – 27 years-old, 5’05″ – 5’08” tall, 130 – 140 lbs, black “fuzzy” hair, brown eyes, wearing a white T-shirt, blue basketball shorts, and black socks.

The Long Beach Police Department would like to remind the public to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to report any suspicious persons or activity immediately by calling 9-1-1. Detectives are hoping that someone will recognize the individual depicted in the sketch and come forward.

Anyone who recognizes the person in the sketch or has information relating to this investigation is urged to contact Long Beach Police Sex Crimes Detective Patrick Jennings at (562) 570-7354. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS, texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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