A woman was sexually assaulted in Echo Park this morning by a man who had offered to help the victim find her friends. Officers responded to the 1800 block of Sunset Boulevard after the woman’s friends called police at about 1 a.m., said Lt. Wes. Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. Passersby reported seeing an ambulance and police squad cars parked in the middle of the street. Here are more details from Buhrmester:
The investigation revealed a female was on foot looking for friends, when approached by a suspect offering to help find them. The suspect escorted her to a nearby secluded location where he sexually assaulted her. He then fled the area, and the woman was able to find her friends, and told them what just happened. They phoned the police.
The investigation is ongoing and “details of the assault and particulars of the location and suspect are not being disclosed at this time,” Buhrmester said.