Latest Griffith Park Attack Was Attempted Sex Assault: Police

The Los Angeles Police Department issued a community alert on Thursday warning the public about a pair of separate sexual assault attempts that took place in Griffith Park recently.

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Police met at the scene of an assault in Griffith Park on May 21, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The most recent incident occurred on early Wednesday morning, when a woman who was walking alone — near the Fern Dell Drive entrance to the park off Los Feliz Boulevard (map) — was approached by a man who assaulted her, according to LAPD.

The incident was initially reported by police as a robbery and assault, but an email alert sent to community members Thursday stated that the man “approached her and tried to sexually assault” the victim.

The attacker punched the woman, who began to yell for help. The man then grabbed the victim’s backpack and fled on his bicycle, according to the alert.

The alert with the new information on the attack was sent out Thursday morning in an emailed community newsletter by Northeast Division Senior Lead Officer Leo Rey. He did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

The woman had to be hospitalized after receiving several injuries in what was described by authorities as a “very violent attack.”

Wednesday’s attack came less than a week after another attempted sexual assault was reported by a woman who was hiking in Griffith Park on Mount Hollywood Drive.

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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)

While she was walking on May 14, a man approached her and tried to grab her, the alert stated.

The woman pushed her attacker away, but he began punching the victim before running from the area, according to police.

It was unclear whether the attacks were related, but in each incident the man was described as Hispanic, with dark hair and dark eyes.

The attacker or attackers were between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall and between 21 and 30 years old.

The attacker in the May 14 incident was described as having acne scars and a thin mustache.

Authorities urged the public to be aware of their surroundings and walk or hike with a friend.

Also, authorities asked that any suspicious activity be reported to police by calling 911.