Woman Sexually Assaulted While Walking to Car in Manhattan Beach; Man Sought: Police

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A woman was sexually assaulted over the weekend in Manhattan Beach, and police on Wednesday released a sketch of the suspect as they asked for the public's help in finding her attacker.

Manhattan Beach police released this suspect sketch on June 21, 2017.

The victim was walking to her parked vehicle in the 800 block of Ardmore Avenue Saturday around midnight when she was approached behind by a man, according to a Manhattan Beach Police Department news release.

Surveillance video from a neighbor's home security system shows the man following the victim moments before the attack.

"She heard someone coming, running up behind her and at first she thought it was a jogger so she didn't pay much attention to it," Manhattan Beach police Sgt. Tim Zins said.

The man knocked her to the ground and proceeded to sexually assault the woman.

She was able to fight off the attacker, but suffered injuries during the incident, police said. It was unclear whether she was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The assailant fled the scene and was last seen running toward Valley Drive.

“Be on the lookout for this suspect. People like this, sometimes this is not the only time they’ve done it, and they may strike again," Zins said. "So we want everyone to be aware of their surroundings, and if they feel like they’re being followed, call 911.”

Police described the suspect as an approximately 30-year-old Hispanic man, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing between 180 to 200 pounds, according to the release. He was wearing a gray shirt and black sweat pants.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Police Department's tip line at 310-802-5171.