Police Search for Man Who Attacked Female Hiker at Griffith Park

Investigators said the victim was approached by a man who punched her, then tried to sexually assault her

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    A woman hiking in Griffith Park Wednesday narrowly escaped a man who punched and tried to sexually assault her. Patrick Healy reports from Griffith Park for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014)

    Police are searching for a man who tried to sexually assault a woman on a hiking trail at Griffith Park on Wednesday.

    The incident took place about 10 a.m. on or near a hiking trail to Dante’s Peak, police said.

    Investigators said the victim was approached by a man who punched her, then tried to sexually assault her. The woman was able to get away. She suffered bruises, police said.

    Responding officers were unable to find the assailant, described as a Hispanic man in his early 30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds. He had short brown hair, a mustache and was wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, hiking boots and black backpack. Police said he spoke Spanish to the victim.

    The popular trail is near the Griffith Observatory.

    "It's kind of surprising to hear," said another hiker, Jung Warren. "It's kind of busy."

    Anyone with information was asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department.

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