Sexual Assault Suspect Still Sought
2010-11-19 · By Editor
The Long Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect that is wanted in connection with two sexual assaults that occurred in August 2008 (7th Street & Atlantic Avenue) and December 2009 (Cherry Avenue & Ocean Boulevard). Both victims were in the shower when the suspect entered their residences and confronted them. The suspect then forced the victims into another room where he subsequently sexually assaulted them. In both of these cases, the suspect entered through unlocked windows.
This suspect is described as a male Hispanic, between 5’6″ and 5’11”, average build, short black hair with green/hazel eyes, long eyelashes, and a small pockmark-type scar above his right eye. The suspect was also described as having a full beard and moustache; however, he may have changed his appearance.
On Monday, November 8, 2010, at approximately 2:00 a.m. in the area of 4th Street and Ximeno Avenue, an unknown suspect entered a woman’s residence through an unlocked window. This suspect attempted to assault the woman, however she fought him off and he fled her residence. The suspect was described as having a thin to medium build and wearing dark clothing. It is unknown whether this incident is related to the previous crimes listed above from 2008 and 2009.
Additionally, the Sex Crimes Detail is also investigating several prowler and cat burglary incidents that have occurred in the Belmont Shore/Belmont Heights area in recent months. It is unknown if these calls are related to the above sexual assaults; however, the police department is actively investigating these cases and is strongly encouraging residents to practice the following safety tips:
- Keep your doors and windows secured at all times
- Purchase devices for your windows that will allow adequate ventilation without jeopardizing your safety
- Install security lights with motion sensors outside your home
- Prevent hiding locations by keeping bushes and shrubbery trimmed
- Immediately report any suspicious activity or persons by calling 9-1-1, regardless of how insignificant you may feel it is; let police determine its importance
We encourage residents to remain alert to their surroundings at all times and serious about their personal safety. If you encounter a suspect or see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please call 9-1-1. Anyone who would like to report information or speak to a detective should call the Long Beach Police Department’s Sex Crimes Tip Line at (562) 570-7878. To send an anonymous tip via text or email, go to www.longbeach.gov/police or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).