Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who sexually assaulted a woman as she was finishing an afternoon walk through Elysian Park. The woman had notified her Twitter followers that she was in the park before the Oct. 31 attack. Police are not saying the victim’s Twitter post made her a target but they are investigating it as a possibility, said officer G. Juarez with the Northeast Division.
Undercover officers have been in the park since the attack to try and find the suspect, who the woman recognized from a previous visit. “But nothing has proved to be fruitful,” Juarez said of the investigation.
The woman was assaulted at about 1 p.m. as she was walking back to her vehicle parked near Stadium Way and Academy Road. The man emerged from a bush near a park service road and grabbed the woman from behind, using one hand to cover her mouth and the other to sexually assault her, Juarez said. The woman managed to escape, and the suspect ran up a trail in the direction of Park Drive.
The suspect is described as a Latino male in his early to mid 30s. He is described as having black hair, brown eyes and is between 5′-8 ‘to 5′-10’ tall. Police said they will be releasing a composite drawing of the suspect.
Juarez said there have been no other recent reports of sexual assaults in the park.
Anyone with information should call Officer Juraez at 213-847-5454.
* Update: Police released a composite drawing of the suspect. The Eastsider