Sexual predator sought after woman attacked in Manhattan Beach

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A police sketch depicts the suspect in a Manhattan Beach sexual assault. (KABC)

A search is underway for a sexual predator who attacked a woman in Manhattan Beach.

The victim was walking to her car, which was parked in the 800 block of Ardmore Avenue, around midnight on June 17.

Surveillance video shows the woman walking across the street and a man following her.

As she neared her car, the suspect approached her from behind, knocked her to the ground and sexually assaulted her, Manhattan Beach police said.

The victim fought off the suspect, who fled from the scene, running west toward Valley Drive. Police said the victim suffered injuries from the attack.

The suspect was described as male, standing approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, around 30 years old and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and black sweat pants, police said.

Detectives said they were not aware of any other incidents that happened in the area. But some residents want police to patrol the area more, especially late at night.

Neighbors said there are a lot of people that park their cars along Ardmore because they can walk to downtown for leisure or work.

If you have any information about this incident, you're urged to call Manhattan Beach police at (310) 802-5171.
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