Surveillance Footage Released of Masked Attacker in Covina Sex Assault

By Willian Avila and Beverly White
|  Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014  |  Updated 6:20 AM PDT
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Police released surveillance footage in hopes that the public will help in identifying an attacker who sexually assaulted a woman outside her home. Beverly White reports from Covina for the NBC4 News at 11 on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Beverly White, David Gregory

Police released surveillance footage in hopes that the public will help in identifying an attacker who sexually assaulted a woman outside her home. Beverly White reports from Covina for the NBC4 News at 11 on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Police released surveillance footage Tuesday in the hopes of tracking down a masked attacker who sexually assaulted a woman outside her Covina home late last month.

The 28-year-old woman was returning to her apartment in the 1300 block of West San Bernardino Road in the early hours of June 30 when she noticed she was being followed by a male in the parking lot, the Covina Police Department said.

Footage showed the attacker placing a yellow-colored mask or bandana over his face before he goes after the woman from behind outside of the frame.

Police said the woman was in a walkway in the apartment complex when the attacker grabbed her from behind and placed his hand over her mouth. He then grabbed her breasts and legs, before he forced her to the ground, police said.

The woman was able to fight him off by biting a finger on his left hand, police said. The attacker ran off.

Police said they are investigating as a sexual battery.

The attacker was described as a male Hispanic, between 5 foot 6 to 10 inches tall with a heavy build and short hair. He was wearing loose-fitting blue jeans and a gray shirt.

Anyone with information was asked to call Covina police.

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