Teenager Robbed and Sexually Assaulted in Mall Parking Structure

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Santa Ana police were searching Thursday for the man responsible for robbing and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in a mall parking structure, officials said.

Women are being warned to be on alert after a sexual assault in a mall parking structure. (Credit: KTLA)

Officers responded about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to reports of a robbery at the Westfield MainPlace Mall at 2800 North Main Street, according to a statement issued by the Santa Ana Police Department.

A woman told the officers that as she was getting into her car a man pushed her into the vehicle, brandished a weapon and sexually assaulted her, the statement said. The victim said she was able to escape and, as she ran for help, the man stole some of her property and fled.

The attacker was described by authorities as a black man in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall, weighing 150 pounds with curly hair.

Investigators said they were looking at surveillance video for possible clues.

Anyone with information was asked to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS. Tips can be left anonymously.

John A. Moreno contributed to this report.

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