Long Beach police seek armed suspect wanted for sexual assault

Courtesy LBPD
The Long Beach Police Department released this still image taken from security-camera footage of a suspect wanted for sexual assault.

The search is on for a male suspect believed to be responsible for sexually assaulting a woman in a laundry room on Sunday, July 7, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).

At approximately 11am Sunday, officers responded to a residence in the 1000 block of E. 7th Street regarding a report of a sexual assault. Upon arrival, officers contacted an adult female victim reporting she had been sexually assaulted while in a shared laundry room at the residence, the LBPD said.

Through their initial investigation, officers learned that the suspect, who was armed with a knife, approached the victim from behind and sexually assaulted her. The suspect then fled the scene on foot prior to officers’ arrival, police said.

Sex-crime detectives obtained video from surveillance cameras and are releasing the footage, hoping that someone will recognize the suspect and come forward, according to an LBPD press release.

Police described the suspect as a 20 to 25-year-old Hispanic male, 5’3” tall and wearing dark clothing and a bandana over his face.

Those with information regarding this incident are urged to contact LBPDSex Crimes Detective Rodney Brown at (562) 570-7368 or police dispatch at (562) 435-6711. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to a smartphone or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.