Search Continues for Claremont Sex Assault Perpetrator

Police said the girl was home alone at the time of the assault

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    Claremont Police are hoping that digital composite sketches will help track down the man who raped a 12-year-old girl while she was alone in her home last week. Ted Chen reports from Claremont for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014. (Published Thursday, Mar 27, 2014)

    The search continued Thursday for a man who physically and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl who was home alone in Claremont.

    Sketch Brings in Tips in Claremont Sexual Assault Case

    [LA] Sketch Brings in Tips in Claremont Sexual Assault Case
    Tips are coming in after police released a computer-generated sketch of a man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl in Claremont. Police were hopeful the sketch would lead to a suspect in the case. Toni Guinyard reports live for Today in LA on Thursday, March 27, 2014. (Published Thursday, Mar 27, 2014)

    The assault took place between 10:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. March 20 when the girl was home sleeping, police said. She heard noises, woke up and saw the man coming into the home.

    "At this point, we don't know which way he got in," Claremont Police Lt. Mike Cizsek said. "There are no signs of forced entry into the residence."

    Police on Wednesday released a computer-generated composite sketch of the man they hoped would lead to his identification.

    Police believe the sketch, generated by technology that uses real human photos to generate photos, has helped bring in more than 50 calls with possible leads.

    "You're making it from charcoal and white paper to now a color rendition that's computer digitalized, that looks more and more like a true human being," Cizsek said.

    The victim is recovering but "has a long way to go," he said.

    Police are advising residents to lock doors, be more aware of surroundings and to contact police if they notice any suspicious activity.

    "They are the eyes and the ears of the neighborhood," Cizsek said.

    The man was described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 30 years old, with a medium build, blue eyes and brown hair. He was wearing a dark-colored baseball cap and a flannel-type shirt that may have been black and red, police said.

    Anyone with information was asked to call Claremont police detectives at 909-399-5420. 

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