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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Detectives from the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who sexually assaulted a woman on May 17 on a Metro Purple Line train.

The sexual assault occurred on a Union State-bound train, between the Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/Normandie stops, at about 10:45 p.m., according to Sgt. Al Garcia of the Special Victims Bureau.

The woman was reportedly alone in the rail car with her attacker, after boarding the train at the Wilshire/Western station.

The suspect pushed the victim down before assaulting her sexually, Garcia said. She was able to break free after kicking the man, and she managed to get off the train at the Wilshire/Normandie station, where she reported the attack.

The suspect is described as a black man, 35-45 years of age, standing at about 5 feet 9 inches, and weighing about 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with further information of the attack is asked to call the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at (562) 946-7980, or the sheriff’s 24-hour tipline at (877) 710-LASD. All tips can be made anonymously.

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