PACIFIC  PALISADES—The Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations – West Bureau’s Special Assault Section are searching for a suspect accused of attempted sexual assault of a woman on Saturday, February 4. The LAPD is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect as indicated in a statement on Tuesday, February 14.  

At around 6:30 p.m., a male suspect approached a woman by herself at a local beach in the area of 15500 Pacific Coast Highway on February 4. The suspect made a “statement of intent” towards the woman, then proceeded to place his hand over the victim’s mouth while wielding a boxcutter. The victim was able to escape and prevent any further assault.  

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, between 20 and 30 years-old and stands 5 feet and 7 inches tall. He weighs around 150 to 160 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. The suspect was wearing a navy blue or black zip-up jacket with dark pants and a tan hat. 

Anyone with information that could lead to the identification of the suspect, additional victims or witnesses is asked to call the Special Assault Detectives at (213) 473-0447. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.