FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2014
ASSAULT INVESTIGATION LEADS TO FIREARM DISCHARGE
On August 29, 2014, at approximately 10:35 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to the San Gabriel Riverbed near Pacific Coast Highway to investigate a report of a sexual assault that occurred to a 40-year-old female from Seal Beach, which resulted in the arrest of a male adult.
Officers arrived at the scene and contacted the person who reported the incident, who led officers to the area where the suspect was last seen. Two officers began chasing one possible suspect, while a third officer stayed with the reporting party. When the reporting party saw the actual suspect, he pointed him out to the third officer. The suspect, who had a large pit bull, said something to the dog and then released it. The dog began approaching the officer, and the officer ordered the suspect to recall his dog numerous times; however, the suspect refused. During the confrontation, the officer discharged his firearm at the dog to protect himself and the reporting party, striking the dog. The dog then retreated, and the suspect was safely taken into custody without further incident. Animal Care Services was called and the dog was taken to a local animal hospital for treatment.
The suspect has been identified as a 38-year-old Long Beach resident. He was transported and booked for a sexual related offense and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $100,000 bail.
The incident remains under investigation by Long Beach Police Homicide Detail and Sex Crimes Unit detectives.