Days after a 14-year-old girl reported being assaulted and almost kidnapped by a man in Oxnard, police on Friday released a composite sketch of the assailant.
Officers responded about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday to the area of La Canada and San Simeon avenues, where the girl said she was approached by a man in a car while walking to school, according to a news release from the Oxnard Police Department.
When the man asked the girl where a particular street was, she responded by saying she did not know and continued to walk away, the release said.
"The suspect exited and grabbed the female around her waist and attempted to take her down to the ground as he yelled for her to get down," the police statement continued. "The victim screamed for help and fought the suspect."
The girl told investigators that the man then covered her mouth with his hand to prevent her from screaming, after which she saw an "older" female bystander walking past the alley where the attack was taking place.
The man released the girl when he noticed the passerby looking in his direction, police said, adding that he then ran to his car and drove away.
Investigators on Friday released a sketch of the man described by the teenager. He was said to be Hispanic, in his 20s to late 30s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build, thin beard and short, dark hair.
His vehicle was described as a gray or silver four-door sedan with tinted windows.
The incident was being investigated by the Police Department's Sexual Assault and Family Protection unit, whose detectives believed the man may have victimized others in similar episodes.
"In those incidents, the suspect approached several other juvenile females and asked for directions," the agency's statement said. "Once the suspect gained the attention of the female victims, he would expose his genitals to (them)."
Anyone with information was asked to call police Detective Tenille Chacon at 805-385-3922. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the violent crimes hotline at 805-982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.