Long Beach police are looking for a man who they say groped three women in separate incidents since July in the Bluff Heights area, they announced Wednesday.
The suspect, described as Hispanic, 30 to 40 years old, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 foot 11 inches and 160 to 170 pounds, was wearing a dark-colored hoodie and used a bicycle during the incidents, police said.
“In two of the incidents, the victims were groped as they walked down the street, by the suspect who rode by them on a bicycle,” police said in a news release. “In a third incident, the suspect approached the victim on foot, groped her, then fled on a nearby bicycle.”
According to police, the first incident happened on July 29 at 2:20 a.m. near Molino Avenue and Third Street. Another incident followed two months later on Sept. 21 near 2nd Street and Loma Avenue at 6:25 a.m. The final incident was on Nov. 13 at 8:40 p.m. on Third Street and Coronado Avenue.
But police believe there may be other victims who did not report an incident.
Detectives would like to encourage anyone who may have also been a victim to call Police Dispatch at 562-435-6711.
Anyone who may have information regarding the person responsible for these crimes should contact Sex Crimes Detective Johnny Gomez at 562-570-7368. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Valerie Osier is a breaking news reporter for the Long Beach Post. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ValerieOsier
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