Female victims from ages 12 to the mid-60s have been sexually assaulted since September 2012. The groping is believed to be done by one man. Each victim was walking on a sidewalk when a suspect rode up next to them on a bicycle and grabbed breasts or buttocks as he rode by.
The first incident occurred on Sept. 15, 2012, continued in October and November, then stopped. Seven more incidents were reported since then, beginning in February.
New video footage released by police depicts the suspect in an alley on March 15.
The suspect is wanted for sexual battery. He was described as a white or Latino man about 35-45 years old, standing between 5 feet 6 inches and 6 feet tall, weighing 180-240 pounds, with gray-and-black hair. Descriptions of the bicycle have varied; the suspect is believed to have access to more than one.
The incidents have occurred on the dates, times and locations listed below:
9/24/12 8:40 p.m. 4th Street & Alamitos Avenue
9/24/12 9:30 p.m. 4th Street & Nebraska Avenue
9/26/12 9:30 p.m. 4th Street & Cherry Avenue
10/2/12 8:45 p.m. 4th Street & Walnut Avenue
10/12/12 6:40 a.m. Junipero Avenue & 3rd Street
10/29/12 7:30 p.m. 4th Street & Cedar Avenue
11/19/12 3:45 p.m. 4th Street & Elm Avenue
11/19/12 4:30 p.m. Walnut Avenue & Erie Street
11/19/12 5:00 p.m. 4th Street & Chestnut Avenue
11/19/12 7:15 p.m. 4th Street & Lime Avenue
11/20/12 6:30 p.m. 6th Street & Pacific Avenue
11/22/12 9:55 p.m. Broadway & Hermosa Avenue
12/3/2012 Initial video released
9/15/2012 5:00 a.m. Broadway & Termino Avenue (not reported until 12/4/2012)
2/7/13 3:30 p.m. 600 block of Lime Avenue
2/23/13 4:30 p.m. 4th Street & Magnolia Avenue
3/6/13 3:00 p.m. 8th Street & Locust Avenue
3/15/13 6:30 a.m. Alley near 7th Street & Orange Avenue
3/15/13 6:15 p.m. 4th Street & Cerritos Avenue
3/23/13 9:00 p.m. 3rd Street & Orange Avenue
3/25/13 2:30 p.m. 4th Street & Atlantic Avenue
In the March 25, 2013, incident, the crime was witnessed by a person in the area who called police. However, when police arrived, the victim had already left the area. Detectives are hoping that victim will come forward so she can be interviewed.Watch the Long Beach Police video here.
Anyone that has also been a victim that has not reported the incident to police or recognizes the suspect description is asked to contact Long Beach Police Sex Crimes Detective Louis Galvan at (562) 570-6407. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS, texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org