Police Still Seeking Assistance Identifying Sexual Assault Suspect
2013-09-03 · By Editor
The Long Beach Police Department is once again asking 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.
In December 2012 and April 2013, the Police Department released video footage from two separate incidents depicting a male suspect on a bicycle, possibly believed responsible for committing numerous sexual assaults to females as he rode past them on the sidewalk. After the release of the December 2012 video, the incidents ceased until February 7, 2013, when another incident was reported. Since then, 19 additional incidents have been reported, and detectives continue to follow-up on leads and utilize other investigative tools in an attempt to identify the suspect. Several incidents have been reported after the fact, many of them as a result of the victim seeing local news coverage regarding the incidents. The more recent video released in April 2013, obtained after a March 15, 2013 incident, depicts the suspect in an alley in the area of 7th Street and Orange 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.
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 April 2013 released 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:
|9/1/12||7:00 p.m.||7th Street & Cedar Avenue (not reported until 4/14/13)|
|9/15/12||5:00 a.m.||Broadway & Termino Avenue (not reported until (12/4/12)|
|9/24/12||8:40 p.m.||4th Street & Alamitos Avenue|
|9/25/12||9:30 p.m.||4th Street & Nebraska Avenue (*video)|
|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.||3rd Street & Junipero Avenue|
|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 footage released*|
|1/26/13||6:00 p.m.||4th Street & Almond Avenue (not reported until 4/10/13)|
|2/7/13||3:30 p.m.||6th Street & 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 (*video)|
|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|
|3/27/13||8:15 p.m.||3rd Street & Redondo Avenue (not reported until 4/10/13)|
|4/1/13||1:00 p.m.||6th Street & Chestnut Avenue (not reported until 4/14/13)|
|4/9/13||Additional video footage released*|
|5/8/13||2:35 p.m.||5th Street & Long Beach Boulevard|
|5/29/13||9:00 p.m.||7th Street & Cherry Avenue|
|6/18/13||9:05 p.m.||7th Street & Orange Avenue|
|6/23/13||5:45 a.m.||7th Street & Gaviota Avenue|
|8/8/13||9:20 p.m.||4th Street & Ximeno Avenue|
|8/14/13||9:15 p.m.||10th Street & Dawson Avenue|
|8/15/13||8:45 p.m.||Broadway & Gaviota Avenue|
|8/26/13||8:35 p.m.||4th Street & Gladys Avenue|
|8/26/13||8:50 p.m.||7th Street & Redondo 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 still hoping that victim will come forward so she can be interviewed.
The Long Beach Police Department is reminding the public to pay attention to who and what is going on around them 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 videos and come forward.
Anyone that has also been a victim that has not reported the incident to police, or has information relating to this investigation is urged 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 www.lacrimestoppers.org