Azusa police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who sexually assaulted a woman after trying to abduct her mid-afternoon on Tuesday, authorities said.
The incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of East Alosta Avenue, which is down the street from Azusa Pacific University.
The victim was walking to her apartment and had just entered the carport area of the complex when she was approached from behind by a man, according to a news release from the Azusa Police Department. He grabbed the victim, lifted her off the ground and attempted to carry her away.
As she struggled to free herself, the would-be kidnapper released the victim and fled the scene, the release stated.
The victim was sexually assaulted during the abduction attempt, according to police.
Authorities are searching for the would-be kidnapper, described as a male Hispanic adult, in his late teens to early 20s, the release said. He is about 5 feet 5 inches tall, and was last seen wearing dark clothing and a baseball cap.
Investigators do not believe the incident is related to an attempted kidnapping that also took place Tuesday afternoon near the Cal State University Northridge campus, police stated. The victim in that case also managed to get away, and the person who attempted to abduct her is also on the loose.
Anyone with information about the Azusa incident is urged to contact Azusa Detective S. Spahr by calling 626-812-3200 or emailing him at sspahrII@ci.azusa.ca.us.