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News Release

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Media Relations

Composite Released of Reseda Attack Suspect NR16162ml

Reseda: Detectives have released a composite of a White man who attacked an 18-year-old woman walking home through an alley, south of Victory Boulevard and east of Corbin Street, March 27, 2016.

"So far, this is the only such attack we're aware of," said Det. Ninette Toosbuy, the lead detective in the case out of the West Valley Detective Division. "This type of stranger attack is very rare, but represents a real danger. We want to find this man right away."

The victim, who is a student, was walking home around 10:00 p.m., when she cut through the alley. She heard the sound of a folding knife opening then felt someone grab her and hold her against the wall, with a knife to her throat. The suspect sexually assaulted the woman then ran away.

The young victim went home, feeling scared and ashamed, but uninjured. She did not tell anyone what happened for several weeks.

"As a detective and as a woman, I understand how a victim might delay reporting a sexual assault out of fear or shame," Det. Toosbuy explained. "Once she felt reassured and encouraged by a family member, she did come forward and provided useful details."

Detectives have canvassed the area for video footage and are searching parolee list for suspects who fit the MO or the composite. The victim described the man as 25 to 27 years old, with a medium height and build. The composite sketch has a distinct look.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Detective Ninette Toosbuy, West Valley Sex Unit, at (818) 374-7718. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Online tips may be placed at, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.