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Griffith Park Attack: LAPD Releases Sketch of Man in Attempted Sex Assault

Police on Thursday released a sketch of a man who attempted to sexually assault a woman hiking alone in Griffith Park.

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Police released this sketch of a man who tried to sexually assault a female hiker in Griffith Park on May 14, 2014. (Credit: LAPD)

The victim was near Mount Hollywood Drive in the park when she was approached by a man at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The man attempted to grab the victim, who pushed him away. He then began to punch her and attempted to sexually assault her, according to police.

“He was unsuccessful due to the victim fighting him off,” an LAPD news release issued Thursday stated.

After the incident was reported, police were talking to several women near the Griffith Observatory, at the bottom of a popular hiking trail that leads to Mount Hollywood, aerial video from Sky5 showed Wednesday.

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Police responded to a report of an attempted sexual assault in Griffith Park on May 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The man was described as Hispanic, between 30 and 35 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, and about 150 pounds. He had short brown hair, a light complexion and a mustache, police said. The sketch appeared to show acne scars on his cheeks.

The attacker wore a gray polo shirt, blue jeans, brown hiking shoes and was carrying a black backpack, according to police.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Northeast Division detectives at 323-344-5731 or, during nonbusiness hours, 877-527-3247. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Tipsters may also text to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S), beginning the message with “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.