PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police on Thursday appealed to the public for help in finding a man who accosted a woman in a carport, the second sexual assault in the city by the sea in less than a month.

The sexual battery occurred in a carport near Wilshire Boulevard and Euclid Street between 4 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. on July 4, said Sgt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department.

The woman had just pulled her vehicle into the carport and was preparing to get out of it when a man stood between her and the vehicle door. He reached into the vehicle and began groping her breasts and crotch area, Lewis said.

The woman was able to get away and get to her apartment without further incident.

The suspect was described as white or light-skinned with a ruddy complexion who was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds.

He was wearing a white baseball cap turned backwards, and had no shirt on and only blue jeans.

He was described as very fit and had a tattoo of a woman’s face on the left side of his chest as well as tattoos on his right bicep and the right side of his abdomen.

He drove away in a newer, shiny, white sports model Toyota or Honda.

Anyone with information on the crime was asked to call the Santa Monica detective handling the case at (310) 458-8983.

Any one who wants to remain anonymous can contact WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME (1-800-78-27463).

The second assault took place two days later on July 6 on the 1300 block of Pearl Street in the Sunset Park neighborhood.

Police said a Santa Monica College student was leaving the campus after a workout around 10 p.m. when a man ran up behind her and struck the woman, knocking her to the ground.

The suspect, who was clad in a full wetsuit, then “digitally penetrated” the woman before fleeing eastbound on Pearl, police said.

He is described as white, 25 to 30 years old, and about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He weighs about 150 pounds and has blue or green eyes with short, curly blond hair, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (310) 458-8950 or (310) 458-8460.

Police said the two assaults are not related.

kevinh@www.smdp.com

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