The Long Beach Police Department released a notification Wednesday to alert the community about incidents involving a male suspect responsible for multiple residential robberies and a subsequent sexual assault. Detectives are releasing a photo and asking for the public’s help in identifying the person of interest to further the investigation.
The four incidents occurred between Febr. 2 and Feb. 5 at various times between 5:45am and 7:45pm. All of the incidents occurred in a senior housing complex near Atlantic Avenue and Via Carmelitos. All of the victims were elderly females between the ages of 63 years and 95 years.
In most cases, a male adult suspect knocked on the door, forced his way inside and physically assaulted the victims. Stolen property included purses, cell phones and cash. In one case, the victim was walking near the residential complex when the robbery occurred.
The most recent incident escalated to a sexual assault. The suspect rang the victim’s doorbell, forced his way into the residence, sexually assaulted the victim and fled with cash, police said.
Long Beach Fire Department personnel transported the victim, with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, to a local hospital.
Following the incidents, patrol officers searched for the suspect in the area. Law-enforcement agencies in the region have been alerted, and the investigation remains ongoing.
Detectives obtained video from surveillance cameras in the area and are releasing a photo of a person of interest, hoping that someone will recognize him and come forward. The person of interest is described as an African-American man between 25 and 30 years old, between 5’5” and 5’11”, with a thin to medium build.
Those who may have information regarding the case are encouraged to call Long Beach Police Department Sex Crimes Detective J. Kearns at (562) 570-7368 or email LBPDSexCrimes@longbeach.gov. Anyone knowing the immediate whereabouts of the suspect should call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to a smart phone or visiting LACrimeStoppers.orgLACrimeStoppers.org.