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Woman Sexually Assaulted In Manhattan Beach While Companion Forced To Lie In Sand

The Manhattan Beach pier, near where the swimmer was attacked. (Photo by bloodyeyeballs via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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A woman was sexually assaulted on the beach early Sunday morning, and her male companion was forced to lie in the sand as it occurred.The attack happened around 12:15 a.m. early Sunday morning on the 3400 block of the waterline, according to a press release from Manhattan Beach Police. The victims, both in their 40s, were approached by the attacker who "simulated the use of a handgun" to force the man to lie in the sand as he assaulted the woman.

The attacker fled southbound on foot after also robbing his victims. Police were unable to find the suspect and he remains at large.

Anybody with information about the incident is being asked to call Manhattan Beach Police at (310) 802-5140.