SDPD: Woman sexually assaulted in Otay Mesa

SAN DIEGO - A man grabbed a pedestrian on an Otay Mesa-area roadside early Friday morning and sexually assaulted her until she doused him with pepper spray and broke free, authorities reported.

The attacker, who was dressed in dark clothing, including a zip-up hooded sweatshirt, jumped the victim as she was walking away from her car in the 4500 block of Riviera Shores Street shortly before 1:30 a.m., according to San Diego police.

When she sprayed him with the self-defense chemical, he let her go and ran off, Sgt.  Mike Holden said.

Similar assaults on a nearby cross street -- in the 1200 block of Dennery Road -- took place on April 14 and May 13. The perpetrator in those cases was described as a thin, roughly 5-foot-9-inch Latino with thick eyebrows. He appeared to be 25 to 30 years old.

Police released a composite sketch from the May 13 incident.

Anyone with information about any of the crimes was asked to call the SDPD Sex Crimes Unit at (619) 531-2210.

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