Police asked for the public’s help Tuesday in identifying a man who allegedly attempted to sexually assault a woman and stole her purse in Huntington Beach.
The incident occurred around midnight on Sept. 10 near Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue (map), the Huntington Beach Police Department stated in a news release.
The woman was able to fight off her attacker.
The man was described as 5 foot 6 inches tall, with a thin, slender build. He was wearing blue jeans, a baggy white T-shirt and a white baseball cap during the incident.
He may have short black hair and a mustache.
Stephen Herrera, who manages a business near the scene of the attack, urged people to be vigilant when walking in large parking lots late at night.
"Always have two or three people walk out with the other person who's leaving," Herrera said. "Call security if the site provides for it."
A military veteran, he also suggested carrying pepper spray.
"I remember when I was in the Navy, you really learn what that stuff's about," he said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the police tip line at 714-375-5066. Anyone who wished to remain anonymous could call Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.