Police are searching for a "sexual predator" who pulled down his pants and attempted to sexually assault a woman in Santa Ana this week.
The victim was parking her car in the 1600 block of South Pacific Avenue around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday when she was approached by a man, who opened the driver's side vehicle door and exposed himself to her, the Santa Ana Police Department said in a news release on Friday.
After entering the car, he pushed himself on top of the woman and attempted to sexually assault her, the release stated. The victim screamed and fought back against her attacker, kicking the man violently and forcing him out of the vehicle.
He was last seen fleeing westbound on Occidental Street.
The victim, who did not want to be identified, told KTLA in an interview Friday that she was in her car outside her home when she spotted the suspicious stranger approaching her. She decided to stay in the car, but it was too late.
"He tried to force his upper body on me. I struggled. He just kept saying, 'Come on, come on,'" the woman said.
Fourteen minutes after the first encounter, the same culprit targeted another couple in the neighborhood, according to police. They declined to release additional information about the second incident.
"He is a sexual predator, and he was looking for another victim. Again, unsuccessfully," said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
The victim shared her story in the hopes that the man is captured, saying she felt her life has been shattered.
I'm terrified," she said. "I feel like I no longer have a home."
The man was described by police as Hispanic, 24 to 30 years old, standing between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-7, with a medium build. He had a medium to dark complexion, and several pock marks or acne scars on his face, according to the release.
He was wearing a dark baseball cap, gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and dark shoes with white soles at the time of the attempted sex assault.
Santa Ana police have asked for the public's help to identify the suspect in the case, who was described as "violent" and appeared to be familiar with the southwest part of the city, the release stated.
Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Gabe Gutierrez at 714-245-8516 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-847-6227.