Police search for man suspected in Gaslamp sexual assault attempt
Incident happened on Feb. 17
Last Updated: 76 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Authorities are asking the public for help in finding a man linked to a sexual assault attempt in downtown San Diego earlier this year.
According to San Diego police, at about 1:20 a.m. on Feb. 17, a woman was walking home from the Gaslamp Quarter when she noticed a white man following her for several blocks.
San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer told 10News, "He followed her for several blocks, tackled her from behind in the 400 block of 13th Street, pushed her to the ground and demanded her purse and cellphone."
The woman screamed and struggled with the man as he tried to pin her down, according to police.
A security guard who was nearby heard the woman and pulled the man off her. The suspected attacker, however, was able to flee the scene.
Police said surveillance cameras captured images and video of the man as he followed the woman.
10News learned police had some leads, but none panned out. Additionally, the surveillance video was of poor quality, but laboratory technicians have now been able to improve it to where police are releasing it to the media.
VIDEO CLIP 1: http://bit.ly/1fKvQsh
VIDEO CLIP 2: http://bit.ly/19KFHsc
The suspected attacker is described as a white man, 20-25 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build and brown hair.
Anyone with information on the suspected attacker is urged to contact the SDPD Central Division at 619-744-9500 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.com.
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