Long Beach police want help in identifying sexual assault suspect
The Long Beach Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a man in connection with several incidents of sexual battery against women.
The incidents have occurred since late September, with the most recent being reported last month, police said in a statement. In most cases, the women were walking on the sidewalk when the man rode up behind them on a bicycle and grabbed their buttocks or breasts as he passed. Many of the incidents have occurred on or near 4th Street between Chestnut Avenue and Junipero Avenue, according to police.
On Monday, authorities released surveillance footage of the suspect committing the act on a woman.
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic man, 25 to 50 years of age, standing 5 feet, 6 inches to 6 feet, and weighing 180 to 240 lbs. The man has gray and black hair and has been seen wearing a large oversize white T-shirt, a gray or blue hooded sweatshirt, a black and white flannel shirt, with either dark shorts or jeans. He also wears black skate style sneakers.
The bicycle has been described as a dark or silver colored mountain bicycle, BMX or low-rider style.
Police are advising people to be alert of their surroundings. Anyone with information about the incidents or the identity of the suspect can call the Long Beach Police Sex Crimes Det. Mike Solomita at (562) 570-7368. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling (800) 222-TIPS, or texting tips to 274637.