Police Seek Help Identifying Sexual Assault Suspect (Video)

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sexual assualt suspectThe Long Beach Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a male suspect wanted in connection with several incidents of sexual battery to female victims, and detectives are advising the community to be alert to their surroundings.

There have been several reported incidents beginning in late September 2012, and continuing through November 2012. The victims vary in age from 12 years to mid-60s and all had been walking on the sidewalk when the suspect rode up behind them on a bicycle and grabbed either their buttocks or breast as he passed by. Most incidents have occurred either on or near 4th Street between Chestnut Avenue and Junipero Avenue.

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.

The suspect and bicycle have been described as follows and have occurred on the dates, times, and locations listed below:

Male White or Hispanic, 25-50 years old, 5’6″ to 6’0″ tall, 180-240 lbs., with gray and black hair. He has been seen wearing a large oversize white t-shirt, a hooded sweatshirt (gray or blue), or a black and white flannel shirt, with either dark shorts or jeans, and black skate style sneakers.

The bicycle has been described as a dark or silver colored mountain bicycle, BMX style bicycle, and a low-rider bicycle.

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 p.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

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 Mike Solomita at (562) 570-7368. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS, texting TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.


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