Student Attacked Outside Long Beach Apartment, 2 Sought

Police in Long Beach were searching Monday for two men who may be connected to an assault that left a 19-year-old student unconscious and battered.

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Long Beach police released the sketches of two men they were looking to question in connection with an attack that happened in a Long Beach apartment complex. (Credit: Long Beach Police Department)

The teenager, who did not want to be identified, said she was on her way to the laundry room at the Park Avenue Apartments on Beverly Plaza (map) at 11:30 p.m. on March 3 when a man approached her and struck up a conversation.

“He said you’re a lovely lady. I said, thank you,” she told KTLA.

A moment later, she said, a second man suddenly appeared.

“As I turned, I saw this dark shadowy figure punch me in the face,” she said. “I just remember fists coming at me.”

She said she remembered hitting the concrete and trying to call for help.

“He grabbed my throat with his right hand,” she said.

The young woman had to be taken to the hospital, where she treated for “significant” facial injuries.

Both men were believed to be between the ages of 20 and 22, police said.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Long Beach police Detective Mark Steenhausen at 562-570-7465.

Kimberly Cheng reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Monday, March 10, 2014.