photo by John Schreiber.

Authorities sought the public’s help Friday to find a man wanted for a sexual battery on a boy in Long Beach.

Officers were sent to the 1100 block of East Fourth Street on July 31 at about 1:30 p.m., according to the Long Beach Police Department.

“Upon arrival, officers learned the suspect initially followed the victim for several blocks,” police said in a statement. “While following the victim, the suspect propositioned him and then grabbed his lower body. An altercation ensued, which resulted in the suspect striking the victim in the upper body before fleeing.”

The boy’s age was not released.

Detectives released security images of the suspect, described as white or Hispanic, with a light complexion, about 18-25 years old, either 5 feet, 10 or 5 feet 11, with a thin build, short medium-length hair in a “comb over” style, and a light-colored mustache.

He wore a blue Dodgers T-shirt, light-colored pants and black sandals. The suspect may have attended a party in the area before the assault, police said.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Detective Monica Moore at 562-570-5514, or Detective William Neal at 562-570-5513. Tips may also be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS, or via the website

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