Sexual Assault Suspect Sought NR22358mc

November 29, 2022

Encino: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Valley Division are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in a sexual assault along a local hiking trail.

On November 21, 2022, around 12:00 p.m., a female victim was hiking along a local trail located at the 17000 block of Mulholland Drive. The suspect approached the victim from behind, forced her to a secluded area, and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, 30 years of age, with a two-inch scar on his right forearm.

As a reminder, hike in pairs and tell someone where you are going. Carry a cell phone in case of an emergency and always be aware of your surroundings.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Joseph Hampton, West Valley Detective Division at or 818-374-7717. 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 L.A. 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 L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.