(English Public Information Bulletin) (Spanish Boletin de Informacion Publica)
The Long Beach Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who detectives believe may be responsible for at least eight sexual battery incidents in the West Division area.
In September of 2020, the Long Beach Police Department was made aware of an incident where a male adult suspect approached a female victim from behind and sexually battered her. Since then, Sex Crimes detectives have been able to connect seven other incidents with similar circumstances. Generally, the suspect has attacked the victims between 6:00-8:30 p.m., while the victims were walking alone or with other females. All victims are female Hispanic.
Below is a summary of the incidents:
The suspect is being described as a male Hispanic, 17 – 20 years-old, between 5’6-5’8, thin build, and wearing a face covering, black hoodie with white stripes, and black Vans tennis shoes in several incidents.
The Long Beach Police Department would like to remind the public to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to report any suspicious persons or activity immediately by calling 9-1-1. 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 Gabriel Ruiz at (562) 570-7368. 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.