VAN NUYS ( —  Van Nuys detectives with the LAPD are asking for the public’s help in identifying a sexual assault suspect who allegedly attacked a hair salon employee as she was closing up shop Tuesday evening.

Officials said it was around 7  p.m. when the suspect entered a business in the 14500 block of Vanowen, grabbed the victim, and dragged her to the rear of the location.

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The suspect sexually assaulted the victim, and eventually left the area.

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The suspect is described as a 30-year-old Latino with black hair, unknown color eyes. He stands around 6 feet and weighs around 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a green jacket and blue pants.

Police told City News Service the woman’s ordeal lasted about a half hour and the suspect also beat and choked his victim.

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Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Van Nuys Officer Anna Vardanian, Sexual Assault Detail at (818)-374-0008. Tipsters can also call the 24-hour tip line at (877) LAPD-24-7 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. All tips can be made anonymously.