Woman Sexually Assaulted During Attempted Kidnapping in Azusa

A woman was sexually assaulted during an attempted kidnapping while she was walking to her apartment across the street from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa Tuesday, police investigating the crime said Wednesday.

On Tuesday just after 3:30 p.m., the victim walked into the carport area of her apartment complex in the 1100 block of E. Alosta Avenue in Azusa, where a man approached her from behind and grabbed her, according to the Azusa Police Department.

The man was "able to lift her off the ground" and tried to carry her away, Azusa police said in a statement. "As the victim struggled, the suspect released her, and ran from the scene." 

Authorities said the man sexually assaulted the woman during the attempt.

"When the had suspect grabbed her, his hands had touched parts of her body and that qualified as a sexual assault," said Officer Mike Bires of the Azusa Police Department.

Police noted they were aware of an attempted kidnapping at California State University, Northridge which took place on Tuesday also, but said they did not think the two incidents were related as of Wednesday morning.

Although officers searched the area for the man, he had not been found as of Wednesday. Anyone with information about the incident was encouraged to call Det. Spahr at 626-812-3200.

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