The suspect, seen here on video surveillance images, is described as white, about 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall with an average build and short hair. Photos: Torrance Police Department
The suspect, seen here on video surveillance images, is described as white, about 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall with an average build and short hair. Photos: Torrance Police Department

Police Friday sought the public’s help in finding a suspected mall molester who attacked a woman worker in a clothing store at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance when the two were alone in the shop.

The suspect entered the store about 6 p.m. on Feb. 21 and “posed as a customer,” according to the Torrance Police Department.

“While the lone female employee was assisting him, he sexually battered her and asked her if she wanted to go to the back of the store where he could take pictures of her in a state of undress before leaving the store,” according to a police statement.

There were no further details from authorities about what happened as he allegedly “sexually battered” the victim.

The man, who told the victim his name was Steve and that he ran an online photography business, is white, about 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall with an average build and short hair. He was wearing a blue sweater and gray basketball shorts.

Anyone with information about the incident was urged to call Torrance police at (310) 618-5570, according to the police statement issued Thursday.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

–City News Service

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