Woman sexually assaulted while walking home from bar in Imperial Beach

Deputies searching for attacker

IIMPERIAL BEACH - A woman walking home from an Imperial Beach bar was dragged into bushes and sexually assaulted by a man she recognized as having been in the bar, a San Diego County sheriff's sergeant said Monday.

"It's definitely concerning, especially when I live across the street from where it happened," longtime Imperial Beach resident Allen Wiseley told 10News.

The attack was reported at about 1:50 a.m. Sunday at Palm Avenue and 5th Street, said Sgt. William Uelen, of the sheriff's Imperial Beach Station. The woman says she left a bar called Ye Old Plank Inn and was walking eastbound on Palm Avenue when she was attacked.

"The suspect was described as a black male adult wearing a dark colored shirt and light jeans who the victim had observed in the bar prior to leaving," Uelen said.

"The victim stated there was no weapon used in the assault," he said.

The assault occurred in an area where a similar attack was reported last summer. 10News asked the San Diego County Sheriff's Department if the two crimes could be related.

"There is no evidence showing they are related other than the location and the general description," said Sgt. Joel Stranger, who is with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Imperial Beach substation.

Wiseley said, "This is the second one… second one in seven months. Imperial Beach isn't like that. This is something we don't want in Imperial Beach."

Anyone with information about the assault is urged to call the Imperial Beach Sheriff's Patrol Station, at (619) 337-2000. You can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if you call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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