Sketch Released Of Man Suspected Of Assaulting Girls In South Gate

By City News Service

South Gate police released a composite sketch of a man believed to be linked to a series of sexual assaults, the latest involving a 10-year-old girl at a South Gate elementary school.

The crime at Montara Avenue Elementary School occurred Friday afternoon, when a thin Latino man of about 18, wearing a black hat over short dark hair, tried to grope the girl, said South Gate police Sgt. Sergio Camacho. But she fought him off, and he rode away on a bicycle.

Similar sexual assaults have been reported on the west side of the 7.5-square-mile city southeast of downtown Los Angeles, Camacho said.

Here’s a rundown of the other assaults:

On April 26 about 7:30 a.m., a 15-year-old girl walking to school near Liberty Boulevard and Elizabeth Avenue was grabbed from behind.

The night before about 9:30, a 24-year-old woman was assaulted at Firestone and Long Beach boulevards.

On April 17 about 1:30 p.m., a 28-year-old woman was assaulted at Century Boulevard and Stanford Avenue.

On April 8, a 21-year-old woman was attacked on Firestone Boulevard near Evergreen Avenue.

On April 6 at Century Boulevard and State Street, a man grabbed an 8-year-old girl, but he let her go when she started screaming, police said.

Anyone with information on the assaults is urged to call police at (323) 563-5457.

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