Woman kidnapped in Downtown parking structure, sexually assaulted in car, police say

Long Beach police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man they believe kidnapped and repeatedly sexually assaulted a woman in her own vehicle on Sunday.

Authorities said the woman had parked in a Downtown parking structure near 4th Street and Pine Avenue on Sunday, March 15 when she was approached by the suspect who then forced her back into her vehicle.

“The suspect then drove the victim’s vehicle to several unknown locations where the acts of sexual assault occurred,” officials said.

At about 3:30 p.m. police responded to the parking structure where the victim was initially kidnapped, they said, but the man ran before officers arrived.

The suspect is described as a bald white or Hispanic man between 35 and 40 with blue eyes and tattoos all over his body. Police said he is medium build and 5 feet, 7 inches tall to 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a white tank top, colorful beach shorts and white tennis shoes.

Detectives with the sex crimes detail released footage from nearby surveillance cameras, hoping that someone who recognizes the suspect will come forward.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at 562-570-7368 or police dispatch at 562-435-6711.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.