Courtesy of LAPD
Courtesy of LAPD

Police hope surveillance video circulated Thursday will flush out a man who entered a Van Nuys beauty salon, grabbed a hair stylist, dragged her to the rear of the business and sexually assaulted her.

The attack occurred about 7 p.m. Tuesday in the 14500 block of Vanowen Street, according to Los Angeles police Officer Anna Vardanian.

The victim was alone in the store at the time of the assault, Vardanian said. The man sexually assaulted the woman inside the store, then ran away, according to Vardanian. The victim was “upset and shook up but she is better now,” Vardanian said Thursday.

The assault occurred at Vanessa’s Beauty & Barber shop, where the woman was employed as a hair stylist.

Police said the suspect entered the salon and waited while the victim finished with a client. When the client left, the suspect dragged the victim to the back of the business, where he choked and beat her, ripped off her clothes and raped her, in an ordeal that lasted about a half hour and was captured on surveillance video.

“We need to get this predator off the streets and we need to do that as soon as possible,” LAPD Lt. Jim Gavin told NBC4. “I would hate to think that we have other victims or potential victims out there.”

Gavin added, “In my 28 years, I’ll never forget this. This was shocking. I had never imagined I would witness something like that based on video.”

The police investigation has determined that the suspect may go by the name of Enrique. He is about 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has crew-cut dark brown hair and brown eyes, and was wearing a green jacket and blue pants.

Anyone with information about the attack was asked to call Vardanian of the Sexual Assault Detail at (818) 374-0008 or 911. Tipsters can also call the 24-hour tip line at (877) LAPD-24-7 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. All tips can be made anonymously.

–City News Service

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