Woman Says She Was Sexually Assaulted By Man In Wetsuit

SANTA MONICA (CBS) — Police Thursday sought the public’s help to locate a suspect, reportedly clad in a black one-piece wetsuit, who sexually assaulted a female near Santa Monica College.

The attack occurred around 10 p.m. Wednesday when the female was walking in the 1300 block of Pearl Street, said Sgt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department.

“An unknown suspect ran up from behind and pushed her,” Lewis said.

“When the victim attempted to turn around, the suspect struck her and forced her to the ground.”

The suspect sexually assaulted the female, then fled, Lewis said. He was last seen running eastbound on Pearl Street.

The suspect is white, 25 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall weighing 140 to 150 pounds. He has short, curly blond hair, blue or green eyes and was wearing a black wet suit that covered his neck to his ankles.

Authorities urged anyone with information regarding this sexual assault to contact police at (310) 458-8960 or (310) 458-8495.

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