Surveillance video shows man who tried to rape a woman he followed through Boyle Heights streets early in the morning, Los Angeles police said Wednesday.
The attempted rape occurred early Sept. 29, a Tuesday, according to a brief Los Angeles Police Department news release. Police were asking for the public’s help identifying the attacker.
The victim was walking a familiar route home from work around 12:45 a.m. in the 1500 block of First Street when the man first appears to be stalking her, police said.
He continued to follow her onto nearby Pecan Street, where he tried to sexually assault her, LAPD Detective Steven Juarez said.
According to Juarez the man told the woman not to make any noise, but she ignored him and screamed for help.
“Her screams led to a nearby neighbor hearing the screams and coming out and assisting her,” Juarez. “That ultimately saved her.”
The neighbor scared away the attacker, who fled west on First Street.
The assailant was described as a Hispanic man with a black, flat-top haircut, 5 feet 5 inches tall and about 150 pounds. The man was young, possibly in his early 20s.
The video released by LAPD appeared to show the attacker walking along a Metro station platform. The Pico / Aliso Gold Line Station is near the assault location.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Lopez, Hollenbeck Area Sex Crimes, at 323-342-8997, during regular weekday business hours. During nonbusiness hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 877-527-3247.