Officials sought the public's help Monday identifying a man caught on video attacking an 18-year-old woman on a street in El Monte.
The victim had been walking south in the 3300 block of Tyler Avenue near Brockway Street around midnight Sunday when a man ran up to her from behind and grabbed her, according to El Monte police.
The man knocked the victim to the ground before pulling her toward an area of Brockway Street out of view from motorists and nearby homes. Police said the attacker then tried to sexually assault the teen, who hit him multiple times in the face.
The man struck the victim at least one time in the head, officials said.
A home surveillance video, posted by Facebook user Nicole Chang on Monday, captured the man dragging the victim to a dark corner before the woman reemerges in the shot, crosses the street and uses her phone.
Chang said she had heard the victim screaming, but when her husband checked outside, he only saw the woman walking away.
"Police came 3 mins after the incident because the neighbor had called 911 when he heard the screams," Chang wrote on Facebook. "We heard from the police that she just got off the bus and that the man was attempting to rape. Luckily the girl was able to walk away!"
Police responded to the scene after learning about the attack. They searched the area but did not find the perpetrator.
Late Monday night, officers were still combing the neighborhood and checking if security cameras at area businesses had captured the attack.
Investigators described him as a 30- to 40-year-old Hispanic man about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 190 pounds with brown eyes. He was wearing a light blue long-sleeved shirt and dark jeans. He was clean-shaven.
Anyone with information can call El Monte police at 626-258-8635. Tips may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.