The Santa Monica Police Department has released a sketch of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman on Christmas Day near the waterline in the 2700 block of the beach.
Investigators are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect and locating any additional witnesses.
A SMPD Public Information Bulletin said the incident occurred at about 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 25 while the victim was walking northbound along the beach.
“The suspect ran towards the victim and stopped in front of her with his arms out,” the bulletin said. “He grabbed the victim in a bear hug, pushed her to the ground, and forced her legs apart. The victim fought back and as a result, the suspect got up and ran away. The victim chased the suspect in a northwest direction, past the bathrooms in the 2600 block of the beach until she lost sight of the suspect.”
The suspected is described as a male Hispanic, aged 25 to 30, 5’6” to 5’10” with thick wavy black hair, dark eyes, of medium build and physically fit.
He was wearing a black collared shirt, dark jacket, and dark jeans.
Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Thompson at 310.458.8946, Sergeant Jacob at 310.458.8460, or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310.458.8427.