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Police seeking attempted rape suspect in Boyle Heights

BOYLE HEIGHTS — The LAPD has released a surveillance video of a man suspected of attempting to rape a woman late last month as she was walking on the 1500 block of E. First Street.

The suspect followed the woman to First and Pecan streets, where he attempted to sexually assault her before being scared off by a bystander, according to a police press release. The suspect then headed west on First Street. The incident took place on Sept. 29 at about 12:45 a.m.

Police provided the following description of the man:

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic with a black “flat top” style haircut. He stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. The suspect appears to be young, possibly in his early 20’s.

Earlier this year, a man was apprehended after attempting to rape a woman outside a Boyle Heights bar on First Street across from Mariachi Plaza. In a separate incident in May, a man armed with a machete raped a woman in her Boyle Heights home. A suspect was also arrested in that case.

Anyone with information about September’s attempted rape is asked to call Detective Lopez in the Hollenbeck Division at (323) 342-8997 or 1-877-527-3247 during non business hours and weekends. Those who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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