Police search for man who sexually assaulted a woman at knifepoint

- Police today released a composite drawing of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a young woman at knifepoint in Reseda.

The crime occurred about 10 p.m. March 27 as the 18-year-old woman walked home in an alley near Victory Boulevard and Corbin Street, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

"So far, this is the only such attack we're aware of,'' said LAPD Detective Ninette Toosbuy. "This type of stranger attack is very rare, but represents a real danger. We want to find this man right away.

"The victim ... heard the sound of a knife opening, then felt someone grab her and hold her against the wall, with a knife to her throat,'' Toosbuy said. "The suspect sexually assaulted the woman then ran away. The young
victim went home, feeling scared and ashamed, but uninjured. She did not tell anyone what happened for several weeks.

"As a detective and as a woman, I understand how a victim might delay reporting a sexual assault out of fear or shame,'' Toosbuy said. "Once she felt reassured and encouraged by a family member, she did come forward and
provided useful details.''

The suspect was described as 25-27 years of age, with a medium height and build. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Toosbuy at (818) 374-7718, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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