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Santa Monica Residents Fear Recent Attempted Abduction Was Not an Isolated Incident

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Residents of a Santa Monica apartment complex shared concerns Monday that a recent alleged attempted abduction of a neighbor was not the first such incident.

A woman was attacked in an apartment garage in the 2200 block of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica on July 9, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

A woman was attacked in an apartment garage in the 2200 block of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica on July 9, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

A man attempted to abduct a woman on Wednesday, July 9, in a parking garage in the 2200 block of Colorado Avenue (map), according to a Santa Monica Police Department news release.

The woman fought off the man, who was described as white, in his late 30s to early 40s, approximately 5 foot 8 inches tall with a thin build. He also has a “thin” face and “pointy” chin.

The apartment’s garage was located near a busy shopping center, and two women who frequent the area said this was not the first time this happened.

A man followed a male resident of the apartment who was walking with a female in May, the resident’s roommate Tatiana Ashkar said.

Man sought in attempted abduction in Santa Monica parking garage. (Credit: Santa Monica Police Department)

Man sought in attempted abduction in Santa Monica parking garage. (Credit: Santa Monica Police Department)

The two were followed from a local Ralphs grocery store to the complex and through the garage and a stairwell.

Another woman, who did not want to be identified, said a friend who lives at the complex was followed in the same garage the July 9 attack took place.

Police could not confirm these reports, but continued Tuesday to search for the July 9 alleged attacker.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Michael Bambrick at 310-458-8932 or Sgt. Thomas McLaughlin at 310-458-8430.
Callers can also contact Crime Stoppers by either calling 800-222-TIPS, texting from your mobile, or by visiting their website at http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.