Second Woman Attacked in Griffith Park

A man attempted to rob a woman in the same area where another woman was attacked last week

By Kelly Goff and John Cádiz Klemack
|  Thursday, May 22, 2014  |  Updated 3:56 AM PDT
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This latest violent morning assault in Griffith Park Wednesday morning sent a female victim to the hospital. Police are investigating whether the attack is connected a similar one in Griffith Park last week. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Griffith Park for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

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This latest violent morning assault in Griffith Park Wednesday morning sent a female victim to the hospital. Police are investigating whether the attack is connected a similar one in Griffith Park last week. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Griffith Park for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

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Second Woman Attacked in Griffith Park

A woman was injured in a violent attack just inside the entrance of Griffith Park in the second assault in eight days in the area. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
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A woman was hospitalized early Wednesday morning after she was assaulted in Griffith Park, the second female victim of a violent attack in the area in just eight days.

Investigators said a man approached the victim near Fern Dell Drive and Los Feliz Boulevard, just inside the park, and stole her backpack at 5:20 a.m.

The woman was injured during the attack and taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

The attacker is described as a Hispanic man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 175 pounds. Police said the woman was unable to call for help on her own due to her injuries, and another person called 911 after finding her in the park.

The man fled on a bike, and was wearing a gray sweatshirt.

It is unclear if the assault is connected to a similar incident last week. In that attack, a man attempted to sexually assault a woman on a trail along Mount Hollywood Drive near Griffith Observatory.

The woman was punched repeatedly during the attempted sexual assault on May 14 and suffered bruises and a broken finger before breaking free, investigators said.

The man in the first attack was described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with short brown hair and a mustache. 

Police have asked visitors to be vigilant, and to be with another person while at the park, and LAPD has increased patrols since last week's attack.

"When you come to the park, please do not come by yourself," Detective Michelle Gomez said after Wednesday's attack.

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