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LAPD Release Sketch Of Suspect Wanted In Three Debs Park Incidents Targeting Women

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The LAPD has released the composite sketch of a suspected wanted in three separate incidents targeting women this year in Ernest E. Debs Park, and is asking for the public's help in tracking down the man.In each incident, the victims were all women walking alone in the Montecito Heights park. On January 13th, a woman was groped by the suspect as he rode a bike. On June 25th, the suspect exposed his genitals after approaching a woman and asked to borrow her cell phone. The most recent and violent incident happened on July 20th, when a woman who was walking her dog was punched in the face and thrown to the ground by a knife-wielding man, according to the Eastsider.

The suspect is described in a press release by the LAPD as a Hispanic male between 20-25 years old. He stands about 5 feet 7 or 8 inches and weighs between 140 and 160 pounds, with a light complexion and dark short hair. One of the victims said he spoke Spanish. He does not seem to be homeless.

Anybody with information is being asked to call detectives in the Hollenbeck Division at (323) 342-4110. Anybody calling during non-business hours or weekends should dial 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).