Sexual Assault Suspect Sought

March 18, 2009

Los Angeles: A woman was sexually assaulted Wednesday, while out on an early morning jog in Van Nuys area of the San Fernando Valley.

On March 18, 2008, at around 5:45 a.m., a 32 year-old woman jogging in the 6200 block of Blucher Avenue was sexually assaulted by a Hispanic man, 29-35 years of age, approximately 5’6" tall with a thin build, who began running close behind her. Suddenly, the suspect grabbed the victim from behind, pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. The victim was able to fight off her attacker, causing him to run southbound on Blucher Avenue.

The victim got a good look at the suspect and an LAPD Composite Artist was able to sketch the suspect’s likeness. Van Nuys Sexual Assault Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

Anyone with information about this crime or the identity of the suspect is asked to call Detectives Dennis Derr or Cynthia Torres at 818-374-0040. During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247). Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD." Tipsters may remain anonymous.