Police Tuesday were looking for a person who may be the suspect in at least eight separate sexual battery crimes that took place in close proximity in Long Beach since September.
The first incident happened Sept. 28, when Long Beach police were called to the area of Locust Avenue and Willard Street. A woman told police a suspect grabbed her from behind “and thrusted against her,” according to investigators.
Similar details were reported in at least six more incidents in November, police said.
On Nov. 5, police were called to East 25th Street and Earl Avenue, near East Nevada Street, where a suspect covered a 37-year-old woman’s mouth from behind “and thrusted against her,” police said.
Three days later, officers were dispatched to the area of East 20th Street and Pasadena Avenue — less than a mile from where the Nov. 5 incident was reported — to another report of the same circumstances.
Police were called to that same area Nov. 18, where a 48-year-old woman also reported being grabbed from behind, the department said.
On Nov. 29, three more sexual battery incidents with similar details were reported: one near East hill Street and Locust Avenue; another in the 100 block of West Burnett Street; and the third in the area of Pine Avenue and West Burnett Street.
In the third incident, a suspect grabbed a 16-year-old girl’s buttocks from behind and took her wallet, police said.
About a month later, on Dec. 30, police were called to Earl Avenue and East Nevada Street, where a 22-year-old woman told them a suspect grabbed her breasts and buttocks, the department said.
Police said the suspect is described as male, between 17 and 20 years old, Hispanic and standing between 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 5 feet, 8 inches tall.
In multiple incidents, he was wearing a black-and-white striped hoodie with black Vans shoes and a face covering, the department said.
Police urged anyone with information to call Sex Crimes Detective Gabriel Ruiz at 562-570-7372.
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