Santa Monica police are seeking the public’s help in locating two suspects wanted in connection with a carjacking and kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman last month.
Officers were called at 5:19 a.m. Feb. 19 to the 1600 block of Cloverfield Boulevard in Santa Monica, where a woman told them that she was the victim of an armed robbery, kidnapping and sexual assault, Sgt. Jay Trisler said.
The woman stated to police that she had left the CVS Pharmacy at 26th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard shortly after 4 a.m. and drove southbound on 26th Street. While she was stopped at a red light at the intersection of 26th Street and Colorado Avenue, the woman alleged that she was immediately accosted by a gun-wielding suspect and an accomplice, Trisler said.
The two suspects then entered the car and drove to the 1900 block of Stewart Street, where the victim was allegedly sexually assaulted, Trisler said. The two men later fled in the victim’s vehicle and the woman was left alone at the scene of the incident.
The vehicle was later recovered behind a residence near the 2700 block of Kansas Avenue, and Trisler said police later discovered that the car had been involved in a hit-and-run collision with a parked car in the 2200 block of Delaware Avenue at about 4:15 a.m. that morning.
The primary suspect is described as a Hispanic man, 17 to 23 years old, 5-foot-5, weighing 150 to 160 pounds, having a “heavy” build, a medium complexion and waxed eyebrows, police said. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black bandana (covering face), and color jeans.
The second suspect is described as a Hispanic man, 17 to 23 years old, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing 175 to 190 pounds, having a “thin” build and medium complexion. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black bandana (covering face), and blue colored jeans.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or who may have witnessed the hit-and-run collision, is asked to contact Det. Oscar Flores at (310) 458-8478, Sgt. Ira Rutan at (310) 458-8959 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.
Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call WeTip at (800) 782-7463, or submit the tip online at www.wetip.com.