Santa Monica police are looking for a man who allegedly tried to kidnap a woman with the intent to sexually assault her in a parking structure on Fourth Street Tuesday, May 9th.
The May 9th incident occurred at about 10:55 p.m. when a woman was waiting alone near the elevator on the sixth level of Parking Structure 5, near the Third Street Promenade at 1440 Fourth Street, police said.
A man allegedly approached the woman from behind and placed his hand across her face while he wrapped his other arm around her waist, police said.
When the suspect allegedly attempted to drag the woman toward an adjacent stairwell, she began resisting and screaming, which apparently caused the suspect to let go of her before he fled the scene on foot, Santa Monica police Lt. Alex Padilla said.
Police said there were no known witnesses to the incident.
The suspect, who was last seen wearing a tan long-sleeved shirt and black pants, is described by police as a medium-complexioned Hispanic man in his 20s, five-foot-five, 160 pounds and having black hair worn “slicked or gelled back,” police said.
The incident occurred after another suspect, described by police as a Hispanic man in his 50s with gray and black hair and brown eyes, allegedly attempted to kidnap a woman in the 600 block of Washington Avenue Tuesday, April 25th.
The suspect allegedly approached the woman, grabbed her and attempted to pull her into his vehicle, but the woman was able to get away and call police.
While the alleged attempted kidnappings occurred within two weeks of each other, “they are both isolated incidents,” Padilla said.
Police were still looking for both suspects at Argonaut press time.
To help prevent potential attacks, police urge citizens “to be aware of their surroundings,” to not be alone and to park in well-lit areas, Padilla said.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the Santa Monica Police Department Sex Crimes Unit at (310) 458-8451, or the Watch Commander’s Office at (310) 458-8426.
Callers who wish to remain anonymous may also call the We-Tip national hotline at 1-800-78-27463 (800-78-CRIME).