LAPD continues seeking man who sexually assaulted woman in Santa Monica Mountains

Los Angeles police are still searching for the man who sexually assaulted a hiker two weeks ago in the Santa Monica Mountains near Encino.

The woman was attacked around noon on Nov. 21 while hiking the Upper Canyonback Trail at block 17000 of Mulholland Drive, police said in a news release.

Det. Joseph Hampton said during a news conference Monday that the attack occurred between Tampa Avenue and Reseda Boulevard.

The woman was approached by a 30-year-old white or Hispanic man with a two-inch scar on his right forearm, and he sexually assaulted her in a secluded area, Hampton said. No further description of the suspect was available Monday morning.

“The suspect had a knife with him at the time of the crime, although he was not using the knife at the time,” Hampton said.

No security footage of the attack was available; Patrols have been stepped up in the area as police continue their investigation, Hampton said. No sexual assaults have been reported in the area in recent years, police said.

Authorities have urged the public to exercise caution when hiking near this location.

“If you plan to take advantage of the hills and trails in the area, I ask that you hike in pairs and tell someone exactly where you’re going,” Hampton said. “Bring your phone with you. Not only is it a good habit to use your cell phone, but you can send emergency services with a pin icon to friends and family if anything happens to you in the area.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-12-05/woman-hiker-sexually-assaulted-santa-monica-mountains LAPD continues seeking man who sexually assaulted woman in Santa Monica Mountains

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