SANTA MONICA POLICE have released this sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a woman on Santa Monica Beach on Christmas.

Santa Monica police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman on Santa Monica Beach on Christmas.
The woman was walking northbound near the waterline in the 2700 block of the beach at about 5:45 p.m. Dec. 25, when the suspect ran towards her and stopped in front of her with his arms out, police said.
The suspect allegedly grabbed the woman in a “bear hug,” pushed her to the ground and forced her legs apart, police said.
After the woman fought back, the suspect got up and ran away.
The woman told officers that she chased the suspect in a northwest direction, past the bathrooms in the 2600 block of the beach until she lost sight of him, police said.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, 25 to 30 years old, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-10, having a medium build and physically fit, black, thick wavy hair, dark eyes and thick black eyebrows, police said. He was last seen wearing a black collared shirt, dark jacket and dark jeans.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Thompson at (310) 458-8946, Sgt. Jacob at (310) 4358-8460, or the watch commander (24 hours) at (310) 458-8427.