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Huntington Beach police seek groping man

November 13, 2009 |  8:07 am

HBprowler Huntington Beach police are searching for a man who has followed women home from the downtown Main Street nightlife district and groped them, said Lt. Mike Reynolds.

Four women have reported similar late-night incidents since August, and police are particularly concerned that the man appears to be growing more bold, Reynolds said.

In one incident, the man followed the victim to her home, and later entered the house through an unlocked door or window and touched her. In other cases, the man has followed victims and tried to talk to them before groping them.

“He’s becoming a little bit more assertive as he’s moving along,” Reynolds said. “That’s the fear, and that’s why we want to make the public aware.”

The suspect is described as a Latino man between the ages of 20 and 30, from 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-9, and weighing 180 to 200 pounds. The man is described as clean-shaven, with slicked-back hair, a deep voice and prominent cheek bones.

Anyone who has information is asked to call detectives at (714) 375-5066.

-- Seema Mehta

Illustration: Police sketch of male Latino wanted in connection with four sexual-battery incidents in downtown Huntington Beach. Credit: Huntington Beach Police Dept.