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Escondido Police search for sexual assault suspect

ESCONDIDO — On the evening of May 27, an employee of the L.A. Fitness, located at 362 West El Norte Parkway, called 9-1-1 to report she had been sexually assaulted by a person inside the business.

According to the victim she was attacked by the suspect who had apparently hidden inside the facility until after closing. The suspect jumped out, taking the victim by surprise. The suspect punched the victim, knocked her to the ground and began to pull at her clothing. The victim fought back and broke free. The suspect then fled the building.

Escondido Police Officers responded and arrived on scene in approximately four minutes. A search of the area by numerous officers and the Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter were unsuccessful in locating the suspect.

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male approximately 35-45 years of age. He was about 5’5” tall, heavy, with a shaved head and a teardrop tattoo under his left eye. The victim said the suspect also had a tattoo of a cross on his left ring finger. The suspect was wearing a white tank top, black shorts, black high top tennis shoes and white knee high socks.

The victim was transported to the Palomar Medical Center where she was treated and released for an abrasion to her back and complaint of pain.

Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to call the Escondido Police Investigation Division at (760) 839-4717. Information can also be left anonymously by calling the Escondido Police tip line at (760) 743-8477 or by going to the EPD website at police.escondido.org.

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