Long Beach Police ask public’s help in identifying sexual battery suspect

Sexual battery suspect. Photo courtesy of Long Beach Police Department.
Sexual battery suspect. Photo courtesy of Long Beach Police Department.

The Long Beach Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who detectives believe may be responsible for a sexual battery where an adult female victim was groped by an adult male suspect.

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at approximately 7:15 a.m., the suspect approached the victim from behind as she was walking southbound in an alley east of Long Beach Blvd. and South of Pacific Coast Highway. The suspect struck the victim on the back of her head with an unknown object and proceeded to “body slam” her onto the ground. The suspect reached underneath her clothing and groped her breast. The suspect’s attack was interrupted when the victim began to yell for help and a bystander came to her aid. The bystander told the victim to run as he chased after the suspect. The victim sought medical attention on her own for a complaint of pain to her head.

The suspect is being described as a male Hispanic, in his 20’s, thin build, wearing a burgundy baseball cap with a “diamond” stitched on the front. The victim described the diamond as a “wedding diamond.” He was wearing a gray jacket with black on the sides of the jacket, dark colored pants, and black shoes.

Detectives would like to encourage anyone who may have also been a victim and have not reported the incident, to do so immediately by calling Police Dispatch at (562) 435-6711.

Anyone who may have information regarding the person responsible for these crimes should contact Sex Crimes Detective Adriana Jaurigui at 562-570-7372. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smartphone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

The article above was released by the Long Beach Police Department.