PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — The Santa Monica Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect involved in a sexual assault.
According to police, the attack happened Sept. 19 at approximately 6:45 a.m. when a female adult pedestrian was walking to Downtown Santa Monica. At the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Michigan Avenue, she accepted a ride from the suspect, who drove her into Downtown and pulled into Parking Structure 2, located at 1235 Second St. According to police he then produced a handgun and sexually assaulted the victim.
The suspect, described as a Latino male, 40 years old, 5 feet, 5 inches tall with a heavy build, fled the parking structure northbound through the alley, turning westbound on Wilshire Boulevard. Police believe he was driving a late model gray Saturn Vue SUV or similar vehicle with a roof rack.
Those with information are asked to contact Det. Brown at (310) 458-8960 or Sgt. Rutan at (310) 458-8959, or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.