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Long Beach police seeking sexual assault suspect

November 18, 2010 | 12:34 pm

Sexual Long Beach police are asking for the public's help in finding a suspect wanted for two sexual assaults.

The most recent occurred in December 2009 near Cherry Avenue and Ocean Boulevard; the first in August 2008 near 7th Street and Atlantic Avenue.

Each time, the suspect entered the victim's home through an unlocked window while she was in the shower.

Authorities say the suspect is Latino between 5-feet-6 and 5-feet-11, of average build with short black hair and green-hazel eyes, long eyelashes and a small, pockmark-type scar above his right eye. At the time of the attacks, he had a full beard and mustache. 

Police are not sure if the attacks are related to a Nov. 8 assault when a suspect entered a woman's home through an unlocked window about 2 a.m. in the area of 4th Street and Ximeno Avenue.

That woman was able to fight off the attacker, and she described him as having a thin-to-medium build and wearing dark clothing.

Police advise residents to keep doors and windows secured at all times, allowing for adequate ventilation without jeopardizing safety. Other recommendations: Install security lights with motion sensors outside the home; limit hiding locations by keeping bushes and shrubbery trimmed, and report suspicious activity.

The Long Beach Police Department’s sex crimes tip line is (562) 570-7878. To send an anonymous tip via text or e-mail, go to www.longbeach.gov/police or call Crime Stoppers at (1-800) 222-TIPS (8477).

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Image: Composite drawing of suspect. Credit: Long Beach Police Department

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