Feb 22, 2023
A suspect is being sought by law enforcement officials following a sexual assault which occurred this past weekend at the Gray Whale Cove State Beach on the San Mateo County coast. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the sexual assault took place at around 4 p.m. on February 11.
Investigators indicated that a woman was sexually assaulted on the stairwell leading to the beach.
Authorities released the following sketch of the man:
A description of the suspect was also released:
At the time of the incident, the Gray Whale Cove State Beach sexual assault suspect was wearing:
Additionally, the suspect was carrying a black backpack at the time of the assault, according to law enforcement officials.
Authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the sexual assault suspect, and noted that the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may be able to identify the man, witnessed the assault, or can provide additional information leading to his arrest is urged to contact Detective Piper of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office at 650-599-1536 or by email at JPiper@smcgov.org.
Earlier this month, an attempted sexual assault occurred at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades. The incident happened in the early evening hours of February 4, and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officials released the following sketch of the suspect:
LAPD officials are urging anyone with information about the attempted sexual assault to call Special Assault Detectives at 213-473-0447.
LAPD Issues Precautions for Area Hikers After Multiple Sexual Assaults
In December 2022, following a number of sexual assaults of women along hiking trails, the LAPD announced the following recommended precautions:
Police officials announced that they were increasing patrols along Southern California hiking trails, but urged everyone to remain vigilant.
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