Police Release Sketch of Elysian Park Sexual Assault Suspect
A female hiker was the victim of a sexual assault on Halloween afternoon in Elysian Park, and the Los Angeles Police Department have released a sketch of the suspect, who may have tracked down his victim using Twitter.From the LAPD:
The victim was hiking by herself on a trail near Academy Drive and Stadium Way. As she was near the end of the trail, approximately 25 yards from her vehicle, the suspect came out of the bushes, near the trail and grabbed her from behind. The suspect placed one hand over her mouth and sexually assaulted her with the other hand. The victim struggled with the suspect and was able to free herself after which the suspect fled on foot into the park.
Twitter may factor in, however, because the victim posted to the social networking site shortly before her attack, and the suspect may have used the location information to find her. She also told police that she recognized the suspect from a previous visit to the park, but undercover officers haven't had any luck finding him.
The suspect is described as a male, Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. He stands about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet10 inches, weighs approximately 210 pounds and is in his early to mid 30s. He was wearing a white T-shirt and light blue basketball shorts, with white tennis shoes.
Anyone with information about the suspect or the attack is asked to contact the LAPD.