The Moreno Valley Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a male suspect wanted in connection with several incidents of sexual battery to female victims that have occurred over the past few months and is reminding the community to be alert to their surroundings.
Over the past few months, the Moreno Valley Police Department has investigated several incidents where women either walking or jogging were touched on their buttocks by a male subject who followed them on foot in the general area of Gateway Park and Sunnymead Ranch, in the city of Moreno Valley.
The past two incidents occurred in late September with the suspect immediately walking or running away in a separate direction. Based on the physical description provided by the victims, the manner in which the crimes were carried out, and the location where the incidents occurred, investigators believe one individual may be responsible for committing these assaults.
The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 20-30 years-old, 5'3" to 5'8" tall, thin to medium build, black short hair, brown eyes, and a thin mustache. The suspect is usually wearing sweats or shorts and a dark colored sweat jacket. In several of the incidents, the suspect is wearing a dark colored hat.
Anyone who has any information regarding these incidents, or recognizes the individual depicted in the drawing, or the vehicle obtained from the Citywide Camera System is urged to contact Investigator Vasquez at (951) 486-6700 or after hours reporting at (951) 776-1099. Anonymous tips may also be submitted by visiting CrimeTips online.
Below are personal safety tips we encourage residents to practice at all times:
Keep your cell phone in an easily accessible location
Always be alert to your surroundings and the people around you
Report suspicious activity immediately by calling 9-1-1\
Be aware of locations and situations which could make you vulnerable, such as alleys, dark parking lots and dim walkways.
Paying too much attention to an electronic device (cell phone, i-Pod, etc.) can make you a target
Wearing earbuds prevents you from hearing what is happening around you
Whenever possible, travel with a friend
Stay in well-lighted areas whenever possible
Avoid doorways, bushes, and alleys where someone could hide
Walk confidently and at a steady pace, and make eye contact with people
Keep your keys in your hand when walking to your vehicle
If you feel you are being followed, get to a public place as quickly as possible or get other people's attention
Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.