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Police Sketches Lead to Arrest in Assault Case

Long Beach police were dispatched to the area of 2000 Park Avenue where two suspicious subjects were seen Wednesday after a resident recognized them.

Sketches credited with helping to find two people, a man and a 15-year-old boy, suspected of a brutal attack on a 19-year-old Long Beach woman. Courtesy the Long Beach Police Department.
Sketches credited with helping to find two people, a man and a 15-year-old boy, suspected of a brutal attack on a 19-year-old Long Beach woman. Courtesy the Long Beach Police Department.

Two arrests in a violent assault on a 19-year-old woman in a Long Beach apartment complex were credited today to police sketches.

Charges were brought against Jonathan Britton, 20, of Long Beach, and a 15-year-old boy.

The victim was assaulted around 11:30 p.m. on March 3 in the 2000 block of Beverly Plaza, police said.

She was walking through the complex talking on a cellphone when a male she didn't know engaged her in a brief conversation, police said.

"Suddenly, without provocation, a second subject physically assaulted her, repeatedly, and she lost consciousness," according to a police statement.

The woman, whose cellphone was stolen during the assault, was taken to a hospital for treatment of "significant facial injuries," according to police.

"Prior to the incident, two suspicious looking male subjects were seen walking on the grounds of the complex," according to the police statement.

Later composite sketches were released of two persons of interest wanted for questioning in the investigation.

Long Beach police were dispatched to the area of 2000 Park Avenue where two suspicious subjects were seen Wednesday after a resident recognized them. Police arrested the pair for suspicion of trespassing and then on Friday charges of attempted murder, battery with serious injury, assault by means of committing great bodily injury and robbery were added, Long Beach police said.

Anyone with additional information on the case was asked to call Det. Mark Steenhausen at (562) 570-7465.

--City News Service



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