Police are actively searching for a man wanted in connection with an attempted sexual assault in Hollywood Hills.
The incident occurred on Sept. 17 at around 6 a.m., when a man attacked a female victim who was walking in the area of Bronson Avenue and Hollyridge Drive.
According to Los Angeles Police Department, he ran by the woman, who was walking northbound on Bronson Avenue, before he turned on Hollyridge Drive. As she kept walking, he jumped on her from behind, forcing both to the ground, where he attempted to remove the victim's clothing before she was able to fight him off and flee from the area.
The suspect, "who appeared to be masquerading as a jogger prior to the assault," is described as a White male with curly blonde hair and blue eyes, standing around 6-feet tall and weighing around 170 pounds. He was captured by a nearby surveillance camera that provided police with several images.
Residents are rightfully disturbed by the incident.
"I walk a lot, especially since the pandemic started, simply because I couldn't go to the gym anymore," one woman who lives in the area said. She said she's been assaulted in a similar fashion before, no longer comfortable walking alone. "I tend to walk with neighbors, and I don't come out too early or too late."
"As a woman I'm always on guard. ... It gives me chills, you can't prepare fully for that," said Hannah Foligno, who also lives near where the assault occurred. "You can't always have someone with you, and it's terrible to happen in your own neighborhood."
Police are urging neighbors in the area to check their surveillance cameras, hopeful that some captured more footage of the suspect, especially without him wearing a mask so they can get a better look at this face.
Anyone with additional information was asked to contact detectives at (213) 473-0447.
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