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Friday, January 29, 2010

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Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detectives are asking for the public's help in locating a man who attempted to kidnap and sexually assault a 13 year-old-girl who was on her way to school in the 2900 block of Mansfield Avenue in South Los Angeles.

On January 29, 2010, at about 7 a.m., the suspect approached the victim from behind and grabbed her buttocks.  The suspect then forcibly moved the victim to a nearby shrubbery area and attempted to lay himself on top of the victim but she fought him off.  The victim was able to scream for help which caused the suspect to flee northbound Mansfield Avenue to near Roseland Street.  

The suspect was described as a male Black in his 30's.  He stands about 6 feet tall and weighs about 180 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.
 
The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released.  
 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call LAPD's Southwest Division, Sexual Assault Detectives at 213-485-6797.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD."  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.