Santa Monica police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man who allegedly assaulted a woman in an elevator July 11.

The incident occurred at about 9 a.m. after the woman had arrived for work in the 400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, parked her car on the bottom level of a subterranean garage, and got into an elevator where a man also entered.

Once the elevator doors closed, the suspect immediately assaulted the victim while making a statement that led the woman to believe she was going to be sexually assaulted, alleged Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis.

The woman was able to fight back and when the elevator stopped a few floors up, the suspect ran off, Lewis said. A witness waiting for the elevator where the suspect got out tried to follow the suspect but lost him as he made his way onto Fifth Street and out of sight, Lewis said.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Middle Eastern man in his late 20s, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10, weighing 150 pounds, with short, straight black hair, brown eyes, a light goatee and tattoos on his arms, police said. He was last seen wearing a black or dark gray colored tank top, and orange and red board shorts.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. DeRyck at (310) 458-8944, Sgt. Jacob at (310) 458-8460 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.

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