Police Monday released surveillance images of a man they believe attacked and groped a woman in an alley in Long Beach.
The victim was walking south in an alley east of Long Beach Boulevard and south of Pacific Coast Highway about 7:15 a.m. last Tuesday when a man approached from behind and struck her on the back of the head with an unknown object, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
The suspect body-slammed the woman to the ground, then reached underneath her clothes and groped her breast, police said.
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"The suspect's attack was interrupted when the victim began to yell for help and a bystander came to her aid," according to a police statement. "The bystander told the victim to run as he chased after the suspect. The victim sought medical attention on her own for a complaint of pain to her head."
The suspect was described as an Hispanic man in his 20s with a thin build and wearing a burgundy baseball cap with a diamond stitched on the front, a gray jacket with black on the sides, dark-colored pants and black shoes.
Anyone who recognizes the man in the images or who has been similarly attacked was urged to call police dispatchers at (562) 435-6711 or Sex Crimes Detective Adriana Jaurigui at (562) 570-7372.
Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS or at lacrimestoppers.org.