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News Release

Monday, June 5, 2017

Media Relations

Attempt Rape / Robbery Suspect Sought NR17165dm

Lake Balboa: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division are seeking the public's help in identifying a violent predator.

On June 1, 2017, around 8:30 p.m., officers responded to an "Attack Suspect" radio call. They met a female victim at Burbank Boulevard and Woodley Avenue. She advised officers that she was running on the bike path bath when she was approached from behind by a lone suspect. The suspect demanded, and forcibly took, the victim's cell phone. He then grabbed the victim and dragged her to some tall bushes. He told her, "If you scream, I'll kill you!" The victim feared she was going to be raped and fought back. The suspect kicked her several times and threw her over a fence before fleeing on the bike path.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and treated the victim for various injuries.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, approximately 30 years old, with black hair, brown eyes and a "scruffy" beard. He stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweat shirt and black sweat pants.

Anyone with information, including any possible additional victims of this suspect, are urged to call Detective N. Toosbuy at 818-374-7730, or the West Valley Division Watch Commander at 818-374-7611. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call The LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.