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Female Jogger Sexually Assaulted on Santa Monica Beach

Police ask for the public's help finding the assailant who reportedly grabbed a woman near Tower 8.

A woman running near the waterline was sexually assaulted early Wednesday morning north of the Santa Monica Pier, the police reported.

The attacker walked off after the woman freed herself and was sought by investigators.

According to the Santa Monica Police Department, the woman tried to run away from the man when she saw him run directly towards her as she passed Lifeguard Tower 8, but he wrestled her to the sand, according to the Santa Monica Police Department. 

"The suspect physically and sexually assaulted the victim, who continued to fight and was able to free herself and run towards the Pacific Coast Highway," Lewis said. 

The attack was about 4:50 a.m. The woman was jogging between the waterline and the lifeguard towers.

Her attacker was last seen walking northbound from the area.

The suspect was described as a white man about 30 years old; 5 feet, 06 inches tall; and with a thin muscular build, short dark brown hair and a full beard. He wore only blue jean shorts.  

The victim did not notice the suspect had any noticeable scars, marks or tattoos, Lewis said. 

Investigators sought help identifying and finding the man. Anyone with additional information was asked to contact detective Phillip DeRyck at (310) 458-8944, Sgt. Darrick Jacob at (310) 458-8460 or the Santa Monica Police Department's 24/7 line at (310) 458-8495.

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Wendy Frederick October 11, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Ken, I so agree with you! It seems women can't do anything anymore without the worry of being attacked. I am a runner, but I only run in daylight hours. It is unfortunate that women are limited to where and when they can run, but that's the horrible truth. To all women - please be safe and always be aware of your surroundings, especially when someone is running towards you, or is running in back of you!
TM October 12, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I was thinking the same thing... Why would a women go anywhere at 4:50 am.. esp the beach to run. Listen ladies... it is just not safe out there. You gotta be smart about the decisions we make. I know exercise is important but not at the expense of your life. I hope they find that guy.. any man who terrorizes a women is weak and pathetic. He needs to be removed off the streets.
Suzanne October 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Take your dog running with you - if you don't have one pick one up at the local shelter - and/or take a pepper spray!!
Janie Gonzalez October 15, 2012 at 07:00 AM
This is unbelievable. SMPD--please keep us safe!!!
Marcie Maximo-Monroe October 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I am so sorry this happened to this woman. And this is in no way her fault, she should be able to run along the beach at any given time of the day or night without worry of assault. I do not go to the beach during daylight hours (due to all the people there, it's nothing like it was when we were growing up or even 10 yrs ago). I go late at night, with my BOXER on leash, who will not allow anyone within 10 ft of me until i give her the command that it is safe. Get past her, and you deal with my pepper spray, and the police because my cell is always in hand.

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