(Editor’s note: Palisades Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin provided the following update about an attempted rape that occurred over the weekend at Will Rogers State Beach.)
I have been in contact with our Operations West Bureau Detectives who are actively investigating the incident.
The Operations West Bureau Detectives will be distributing a community alert with a composite of the suspect in the near future. Once I receive the alert, I will send it out immediately. Below is a brief synapsis of the incident.
On Saturday, February 4, at about 6:30 p.m. an attempted rape occurred at the 15000 block of Pacific Coast Highway (south of the Lifeguard headquarters).
Suspect approached the victim and engaged in a conversation. When the victim ended the conversation and tried to walk away the suspect grabbed the victim and made statements of intent to commit a sexual battery.
The suspect brandished a bladed weapon (possible knife). The victim was able to create distance from the suspect and able to get away and call the Police.
The suspect is described as possibly a male Hispanic 5’7, 150-160 lbs., about 20-30 years of age, with black hair, wearing dark-colored zip-up sweater and dark pants.
This is an isolated incident. Due to the ongoing investigation, information is continually being looked at and vetted. Our Beach Detail and Patrol Officers have been actively checking the area and looking for the possible suspect.
Contact: Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin (310) 444-0737 or by email