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Two sought in Fashion District sexual assault

Second suspect in Fashion District rape First suspect in Fashion District rape

Los Angeles police are asking for help in identifying two men wanted in the sexual assault of a woman in the Fashion District, they said Tuesday.

The 18-year-old woman was walking to work July 16 when she noticed a man with long hair walk by her under the California Mart bridge near Olympic Boulevard and Main Street, police said.

The man turned back, placed the woman in a bear hug and dragged her, kicking and screaming, to a driveway entrance nearby, police said.

The victim noticed a second man with shorter hair who is wanted as an accessory to the crime for acting as a lookout, police said. The second man had a tattoo covering most of his right cheek, but the victim could not make out what the tattoo depicted.

The woman fought the long-haired suspect as he held her face down on the ground, arms behind her back, police said. Eventually, she was able to pull loose from his one-handed grip and punch him before the suspects ran away, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Det. Joshua Riggs at (213) 972-1235.

Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) with a cellphone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”

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-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Police sketches of suspects in Fashion District sexual assault. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department

 
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