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Deputies search for Cerritos rape suspect

December 20, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A woman was kidnapped and raped in Cerritos and sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help today in identifying the suspect. The attacker was described as Latino, between 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 215 pounds, with brown eyes and a shaved head.

He was reportedly driving a dark colored, 1980s to 1990s Chevrolet Astro or GMC Safari van, with a horizontal stripe covering the length of the vehicle, according to the sheriff's department news release.

"Pedestrian are advised to use extreme caution if approached by a stranger matching the description of the suspect," according to the sheriff's department.

According to detectives, the 35-year-old victim was walking eastbound on Artesia Boulevard about 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, when a man parked his van adjacent to the sidewalk and offered her a ride, which she reportedly declined.

The suspect allegedly drove off, but moments later, as the woman crossed the intersection of Artesia Boulevard and Dumont Avenue, he reappeared, driving alongside her. The suspect then stopped his vehicle, jumped out and allegedly forced the victim into his van, according to the sheriff's department.

The assailant then drove her to a remote area, where he raped her inside the van, according to the sheriff's department. After the rape, the suspect dropped his victim off at the intersection of Artesia and Studebaker Road.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the sheriff's Cerritos Station at (562) 860-0044.


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