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Police Release Sketch Of Man Accused Of Dousing Naked Teen In Gasoline, Attempting to Rape Her

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Authorities released today a sketch of a suspect who is accused of kidnapping and attempting to sexually assault a 16-year-old girl in South L.A.

The victim was kidnapped around 6:10 p.m. on March 20 as she was heading home from Fremont High School, according to a press release from the LAPD. The suspect came up to her on Gage Avenue near San Pedro Street, threatened her with a knife and forced her into his van. He allegedly drove her to two different areas in an attempt to rape her; however, when he got to the second spot at Imperial Highway and New Hampshire Avenue, the teenager managed to escape.

Ashley Lawrence rescued the victim at a liquor store there around 8 p.m., reported City News Service. She found the victim naked, tied up, mouth covered, and doused in gasoline. "It was scary," Lawrence told KABC last week (via City News Service). "She was drenched, hair soaking wet, it's as if a person was just getting out of the shower (soaked with gas). I don't know how she escaped. An angel was looking after her.''

The suspect is described as a 5-foot-7-inches black man between the ages of 20 and 33, according to a press release from the LAPD. He weighs about 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was seen driving a white cargo U-Haul van with two doors to the rear and on the passenger's side, and it has "$19.95" written on the back of the van.

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If anyone has any info about this suspect, contact LAPD at 1-877-527-3247 or email tips to If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).