Detectives were asking for the public’s help Thursday in identifying a man wanted for sexually assaulting a woman who was working alone in a business in Van Nuys.
It was just before closing, around 7 p.m., when the assailant entered the business in the 14500 block of Vanowen Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
After briefly speaking to the woman, the attacker grabbed her and dragged her to the back of the store where he assaulted her, police said.
“This individual is a threat to the community members. He’s done it once. The possibility of committing such a heinous crime again is of high likelihood,” LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza stated at a news conference Wednesday.
Police released few details about the incident, which they said was caught on “graphic” surveillance video.
An individual familiar with the attacker told police the man’s name was “Enrique.” The assailant was described as Hispanic with brown eyes and brown hair, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, and wearing a green jacket and blue jeans.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Officer A. Vardanian at 818-374-0008. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cellphone.
All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.