Costa Mesa Police Warn About Sexual Predator

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COSTA MESA, Calif. (KTLA) — Police in Costa Mesa are searching for a man who broke into a house and sexually assaulted a teenage girl.

It happened at around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday at an apartment at Valencia Street and LaSalle Avenue.

The family says they had been out for the evening. They returned home, and their 18-year-old daughter went upstairs.

She says that’s where the suspect was waiting in her bathroom.

According to the victim, the suspect told her not to scream, and he sexually assaulted her before fleeing through a window.

He left behind a seven-inch steak knife that investigators recovered, according to police.

When the man released her, she immediately ran downstairs to where her family was.

“All of the sudden I see my daughter running downstairs and telling me there’s a guy. He tried to rape me, he pulled his pants down,” the father told KTLA.

“She’s really scared, she’s really traumatized, and she has not stopped crying all day now,” he said.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, with a thin build and wearing a hoodie.

Around 2 a.m. Thursday morning, a man fitting the description was spotted nearby. He was chased off by an area resident.

Investigators also say that, on January 27, a very similar attack took place in the same neighborhood. The victim was a woman in her 30s.

Anyone with information or who sees any suspicious activity is asked to call police at (714) 754-5252.

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  • jack

    Police report that he was only there to rob the house because he had noticed that the family was having a party while he was watching the house. The family said that they just went to the store earlier that day and bought 30 watermelons, 4 crates of bananas, 2 kegs of Orange Crush and 2,000 packets of Grape and Orange flavored Kool Aid to celebrate Black History Month. And now this happens! They suspect he was under the influence of too much sugar in the Kool Aid which caused him to want to rape the daughter.

  • USAGuest

    Why women especially should be very well trained in the use of firearms and granted license for guns.

    That OR just having pepper spray AND a taser available and aim for the balls….*wicked laughter*

  • Nightmare

    Why don't women want rape to be legal ?

    Answer : Because women are afraid of acknowledging that men would actually make the CHOICE to not rape them if rape were legal.

    Rapists simply want POWER, rapists don't want sex … so if women allowed "rape" to occur, then the rape would NOT occur, because the rapists WANT to rape, rapists don't simply want sex.

    Stupid b i t c h e s.

  • Nightmare

    " He tried to rape me "

    … Yes, and how could you know he was trying to rape you BEFORE he raped you ???

    " He tried to kidnap me "

    … Yes, and how could you know he was trying to kidnap you BEFORE he kidnapped you ???

    Stupid b i t c h e s.

    Kill em all.