Man Sought in Alleged Sex Assault on Metro Train in Koreatown

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Authorities asked the public for help on Wednesday in their search for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman while she rode on a Metro train in Koreatown earlier this month.


Authorities are looking for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman on a Metro train. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

The woman boarded a Purple Line train at the Wilshire/Western (map) station and was headed toward Union Station when a man approached her at about 10:45 p.m. on May 17, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The man pushed her down and sexually assaulted her before she was able to kick him and break free, the Sheriff’s Department stated.

The woman was able to exit the train at the Wilshire/Normandie station in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

No one else was on the train at the time of the assault, investigators stated.

The attacker, wanted for assault with intent to commit rape, was described as a black man, about 35 to 45 years old with black hair and brown eyes. He was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed between 180 and 200 pounds, according to investigators.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 877-710-5273 (877-710-LASD), or dial 911.

Anonymous tips can be sent to L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 (800-222-TIPS).

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