The second assault on a woman in Griffith Park in less than a week has left the victim hospitalized and authorities searching for her attacker Wednesday.
The incident began as an attempted robbery and turned into a physical altercation near Fern Dell Drive and Los Feliz Boulevard (map), according to Officer Wendy Reyes of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The woman received several injuries in what was described as a “very violent attack” that took place at about 5:20 a.m., LAPD Detective Michelle Gomez said.
Investigators were working at the scene and yellow police tape was set up near a popular walking path at the entrance to the park off Fern Dell Drive, aerial video showed on Wednesday morning.
The extents of the woman’s injuries were unknown, but she was taken to a hospital, according to Reyes, who said police were alerted to the incident at 6:40 a.m.
The attacker was described as a Hispanic man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds.
He was wearing a gray sweat suit and fled the scene on a bike, according to authorities.
Police were looking into whether the attack was related to an attempted sexual assault of a female hiker in Griffith Park on May 14.
A sketch was released of the attacker in that incident, who was also described as a male Hispanic.
Park-goers said they were surprised by the attacks, which both came in heavily used areas in one of the country’s largest urban parks.
“When you come to the park, please do not come by yourself. Cell service is always an issue,” Gomez said.