Community members in Long Beach were told to be on alert Monday as police continued their search for a man believed to be responsible for multiple groping incidents involving five women over the past two weeks.
The assaults began on May 27, when a man grabbed the behinds of four women in three separate incidents as they were walking down the street in the general area of Redondo Avenue between Ocean Boulevard and 1st street (map), the Long Beach Police Department stated in a news release.
A fifth woman was assaulted in the same fashion as she was walking home in the area of Florida Street and Hermosa Avenue (map) at about 1:30 a.m. Friday, the Police Department stated.
Following each incident, the attacker walked or ran off in a different direction, according to the Police Department.
Based on descriptions of the attacker provided by the victims, the locations and manner in which the assaults were carried out and the age of the victims — all in their 20s — investigators believe the same man was responsible for each incident.
Authorities have released a sketch of the man wanted in the assaults and asked community members to be alert to their surroundings.
The attacker was described as Hispanic, 25 to 35 years old, standing 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing between 160 to 180 pounds with a stocky or “chunky” build.
The groper had black or brown hair with brown eyes and was clean-shaven, according to the Police Department.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Police Department at 562-570-7368 or 562-570-6711.
Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.