Santa Ana

Boy Attending Birthday Party Sexually Assaulted in Park Bathroom

Police on Tuesday asked for the public's help in tracking down a man who sexually assaulted a 9-year-old boy in a bathroom at Jerome Park in Santa Ana.

The boy and his mother were at a birthday party at the park at 726 S. Center St. about 4:25 p.m. Sunday when the child went to the bathroom by himself and encountered his attacker, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

"The suspect had a short conversation with the boy in Spanish before he worked his way into the stall with the kid" and molested him, Bertagna said.

The suspect has short hair and a thin mustache and appeared to be 25 to 35 years old, Bertagna said. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue pants.

Anyone with information was asked to call investigators at 714-245-8343. Orange County Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips at 855-TIP-OCCS.

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