Same Suspect Tied to 16 Assaults in Chula Vista

By Monica Dean and R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Feb 17, 2011  |  Updated 8:50 PM PDT
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Same Suspect Tied to 16 Assaults in Chula Vista

Why police are asking residents to attend a special meeting tonight.

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He's been attacking women and girls for the past five months, and now Chula Vista police are reaching out to the public about the South Bay Serial Groper.

There have been at least 16 reported groping attacks near Broadway, since last September. Victims have ranged in age from 15 to 40 years-old, according to police.

The four latest cases happened between January 14 and January 17.

In the most recent incident, a man walked up to a woman in the 700-block of Broadway, grabbed her breasts, then ran off, police said.

One victim was able to give a detailed description of the suspect and investigators developed a composite sketch (pictured above.)

The suspect is described as light-skinned Hispanic or Caucasian in his early 20's with a medium build and thin mustache. He frequently wore a hooded sweatshirt over his head, partially obscuring his appearance, police said.

During a community meeting planned Thursday, officers  will offer safety tips and the public will have a chance to ask questions about the recent groping cases.

“There's no way to know the mindset of somebody out there who's doing something like this," said Lt. Roxana Kennedy with CVPD.

She said most of the attacks happened along the city's western corridor between Fourth and Broadway.

"Obviously, he's probably been in the area, watching and picking and selecting his victims," Lt. Kennedy said.

The Police Department is reminding all residents of the following precautions:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid distractions from cell phones, I-Pods, etc.
  • Walk confidently and at a steady pace.
  • If you think you are being followed, walk toward an area that is well lit and well populated.
  • Be careful when people stop you for directions or money. Always reply from a distance.
  • Never get too close to solicitors who are in cars.
  • If you are in trouble or feel you are in danger, don't be afraid to attract help any way you can; scream, yell, or run away to safety.
  • Be a good witness.

If you believe you recognize the individual depicted in the composite sketch, or if you have been a victim or see suspicious activity, you're asked to call the Chula Vista Police Department at (619) 691-5151.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Chula Vista High School Performing Arts Center in the 800 block of Fourth Avenue.

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