Help Needed Finding Suspect In Sexual Assault Of Mentally Impaired Woman In Long Beach

LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Police are searching for a man they suspect sexually assaulted a mentally impaired woman in a Long Beach parking lot.

Surveillance video captured the suspect park his vehicle on Jan. 14 at around 1:30 a.m. at a lot near 15th Street and Long Beach Boulevard, according to police.

The suspect can be seen walking up to the 53-year-old victim and ask her to come with him. She refused and the suspect then dragged her into his vehicle.

He drove away with the victim and soon after sexually assaulted her. Around 45 minutes later the suspect dropped her off at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 16th Street.

“She did not do anything to warrant this type of behavior. It was shocking to her that she was so quickly pulled and pushed into a car and, before she even realized what happened, she was being sexually assaulted,” Det. Jennifer Kearns said.

Detectives believe the suspect may frequent that area.

The suspect is believed to be either African-American or Hispanic, around 30 years old and 5 feet 9 inches. He weighs between 180 and 200 pounds and was wearing light-colored pullover  sweatshirt, dark pants and dark shoes. He may have been driving a dark-colored four-door car, possibly a mid- or late-1990s model Nissan Maxima.

Anyone with more information was asked to contact Kearns at (562) 570-7368.

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