Police Monday released a video of a suspect wanted for the sexual battery of at least 12 women or girls in Long Beach who have been attacked by a man on a bicycle.
The YouTube was released because detectives need help in identifying what they believe is the suspect in the string of sexual batteries, whicy they say have occured between September and November of this year.
The video shows a man bicycling by a house, from two different camera angles, on what appears to be a surveillance video. Long Beach Police Department say the ride-by gropings have occured mostly on 4th Street, between Junipero and Chestnut, since September. The victims have been as young as 12 and were walking on the sidewalk, and the Long Beach Police Department cautioned people to be alert to what's going on around them and to report any suspicious activity to police via 9-1-1.
The department issued the following information Monday:
"There have been several reported incidents beginning in late September 2012, and continuing through November 2012. The victims vary in age from 12 years to mid-60s and all had been walking on the sidewalk when the suspect rode up behind them on a bicycle and grabbed either their buttocks or breast as he passed by. Most incidents have occurred either on or near 4th Street between Chestnut Avenue and Junipero Avenue.
"Based on the manner, date, time, and location in which the crimes occurred, and the suspect descriptions provided, detectives believe it's possible that one suspect may be responsible for these incidents.
"The suspect and bicycle have been described as follows and have occurred on the dates, times, and locations listed below:
"Male White or Hispanic, 25-50 years old, 5'6" to 6'0" tall, 180-240 lbs., with gray and black hair. He has been seen wearing a large oversize white t-shirt, a hooded sweatshirt (gray or blue), or a black and white flannel shirt, with either dark shorts or jeans, and black skate style sneakers.
"The bicycle has been described as a dark or silver colored mountain bicycle, BMX style bicycle, and a low-rider bicycle.
Date: Time: Location:
9/24/12 8:40 p.m. 4th Street & Alamitos Avenue
9/24/12 9:30 p.m. 4th Street & Nebraska Avenue
9/26/12 9:30 p.m. 4th Street & Cherry Avenue
10/2/12 8:45 p.m. 4th Street & Walnut Avenue
10/12/12 6:40 p.m. Junipero Avenue & 3rd Street
10/29/12 7:30 p.m. 4th Street & Cedar Avenue
11/19/12 3:45 p.m. 4th Street & Elm Avenue
11/19/12 4:30 p.m. Walnut Avenue & Erie Street
11/19/12 5:00 p.m. 4th Street & Chestnut Avenue
11/19/12 7:15 p.m. 4th Street & Lime Avenue
11/20/12 6:30 p.m. 6th Street & Pacific Avenue
11/22/12 9:55 p.m. Broadway & Hermosa Avenue
Anyone that has also been a victim that has not reported the incident to police or recognizes the suspect description is asked to contact Long Beach Police Sex Crimes Detective Mike Solomita at (562) 570-7368. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS, texting TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.