Woman allegedly raped at Hansen Dam, suspect sought
Police are looking for a man who allegedly assaulted and raped a woman who was walking on a bicycle path at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area in Lake View Terrace.
The woman, in her 20s, was walking about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when the suspect grabbed her and pulled her to an isolated area, said Det. Donald Razzano of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Police are trying to figure out if the attack is linked to a series of similar attacks in the park in 2008 but have not made any definitive connections, Razzano said.
“We don’t have a serial rapist at this point working the park,” he said.
The suspect in the most recent attack is described as about 5-feet-6, 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes and a mole on his right check. He is believed to be between 23 and 25 years old.
“We want people to still enjoy the park but just be aware of their surroundings,” Razzano said. “If they’re walking or jogging or biking, we recommend that they do that in pairs.”
-- Paloma Esquivel
Photos, from top: A couple takes a sunset stroll at Hansen Dam Recreation Area; police sketch of a man who allegedly assaulted and raped a woman at the recreation area. Credits: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles Police Department