RESEDA (CBSLA.com) — Detectives Wednesday released a drawing of a suspect who attacked an 18-year-old woman as she walked home through an alley in Reseda.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the assault took place around 10:00 p.m. on March 27 in an area located south of Victory Boulevard and east of Corbin Street.
“[The victim] heard the sound of a knife opening, then felt someone grab her and hold her against the wall with a knife to her throat,” Det. Ninette Toosbuy said. “The suspect sexually assaulted the woman and then ran away.”
Police said the victim did not sustain injuries in the attack. She waited several weeks before telling anyone what happened that night.
“So far, this is the only such attack we’re aware of,” Toosbuy added. “This type of stranger attack is very rare, but represents a real danger. We want to find this man right away.”
The victim described the suspect as a man who has a medium height and build, and is in his mid-20s.
Detectives have canvassed the area for video footage and are searching parolee records for suspects who match the description.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this crime has been urged to contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Valley Sex Unit at (818) 374-7718.