Police seeking to identify 'person of interest' in connection to Costa Mesa sexual assault

- Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a "person of interest" in connection to a reported sexual assault in Costa Mesa.

The Costa Mesa Police Department responded August 2 to the South Coast Plaza on a report of a woman being sexually assaulted by a male suspect.

According to police, the suspect followed the victim to her vehicle in the parking area and sexually assaulted her before fleeing on foot.

The suspect was captured on security footage and is believed to be in his late teens to early twenties -- with dark hair and a thin build. He was wearing a dark blue shirt, dark blue shorts, grey shoes and a dark blue baseball hat with a distinctive white colored logo on the front.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Brian Hernandez at (714) 754-5120.

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