A woman was raped in Maywood over the weekend in an incident that occurred after a string of recent home invasions and sexual assaults in the area, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a public safety announcement on Tuesday.
The victim, who is in her 30s, was home alone when the man entered her residence in the area of Slauson and Carmelita avenues sometime between midnight and 4 a.m. Sunday and attacked her, according to the document.
Authorities are searching for the assailant, described as Hispanic, between 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-7, with a thin build and partial facial hair, according to the Sheriff’s Department. He is about 20 to 30 years old and was wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt.
In the public safety announcement, the department also included a sketch and description of an intruder wanted in connection with a series of incidents that occurred in Maywood since early October.
He is believed to have struck at least five times between Oct. 5 and Nov. 12, each crime occurring in the early morning hours, the department said.
It was not known whether the assailant in the other cases also perpetrated the sexual assault on Sunday.
Residents in Maywood have been encouraged to keep their doors and windows locked, and to make sure the areas by their homes are well lit.
Anyone who sees someone they think is “suspicious” is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency. Those with information about the rape can call the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau hotline at 877-710-5273.
Tips can also be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477, or going to the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.