LONG RANGE (CBSLA) – Los Angeles Police Department investigators are asking the public for help in identifying a man they say sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl.
The incident happened last Sunday when the suspect, seen on video, followed the teenage victim from the downtown Long Beach train station north to LA. Next, the victim and the suspect both boarded the same MTA bus and both exited at San Pedro Place and Vernon Avenue.
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When the 16-year-old started walking down the street, police said the suspect grabbed her by the neck, threatened her with murder and forced her into the parking lot of a compound apartments where he had raped her.
“It’s very mean and very terrifying because I am a mother,” said victim neighbor L. Fields.
Those who heard of the attack said they were horrified that the young girl had been the prey and traumatized. This makes them worry about their own children, teenage girls who sometimes also travel alone.
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“I taught him not to want to take the bus and to be careful. So she’d rather not go anywhere, ”Fields said.
The LAPD says the suspect is around 6ft 2in, 200lb with muscular build and has dreadlocks. Investigators believe he is around 35, and when he walked past the security cameras at Long Beach Station, he appeared to be wearing reading glasses.
“I hope they find him and that he has to pay for everything he did,” said Fields.
Detectives are asking the public for help in identifying the suspect and are urging anyone who might recognize him to call the LAPD’s juvenile division.
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