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Police Search For Sexual Assault Suspect

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, about 5'10" to 6’ tall, with short, messy, brown hair.

A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by a man in a Temecula shopping center Tuesday, has police asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect.

The alleged attack was reported around 4:30 p.m. at a strip mall located at the Rancho California Road/Meadows Parkway intersection.

According to Sgt. Curt Harris of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, a 19-year-old woman said she was assaulted by a white male in his early 20s, about 5'10" to 6’ tall, with short, messy, brown hair.

“The suspect attacked the female in the parking lot and sexually assaulted her, but she was not injured,” the sergeant reported. “The victim screamed and the suspect eventually fled from the area on foot.”

The Temecula Police Department is seeking the public's assistance with this investigation. Anyone with further information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the detective bureau at the Temecula Police Department, Southwest Station at (951) 696-3000.

Michael Crawford December 14, 2012 at 02:56 PM
WOW. The grammar police are alive and well in Temecula. Seems many on here seem to lose sight of what the articles are about and tear each other apart for their use of words. REALLY?
Adrian December 14, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Michael, the point is not to be the grammar police. The point is to shoot for some measure of accuracy. The use of the word, rape, invokes a very specific section of the California Penal Code, as well as a very specific range of acts. It's not the word that is in question as much as it is the act. To look at it another way, if you punched me and I reported it as a "stabbing", you would probably police my grammar. While both are acts of assault, they vary greatly in their modes and implications. Their is no indication that a rape, as defined by CPC section 261, occurred in this case. That said, why do people insist on calling it a rape?
Brenda December 14, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Adrian I agree. Stop using the word rape as obviously the police and/or victim did not want to reveal the specific details of the sexual assault. For the victims privacy or try to maintain some evidence quietly until the case is solved. To: SAM The purpose of the cut and paste was to educate one and all who were asking what is rape and why is the article saying sexual assault instead of basically listing all the horrible things he did to her. The cut and paste makes it easier for everyone to understand, well evidently NOT you. I put it there for knowledge and no other reason for those who seek it, and Sam, you do NOT have to read that or anything else I post huney.
Christina Nichols January 24, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Another case of SHE WAS NOT INJURED!!! Really??? Is everyone ok with that statement? The victim was not injured. I am not ok with this reporter making that statement.
Becky Honkington January 24, 2013 at 04:43 PM
We really do not know what happened. He may have goosed her. He may have copped a feel of her breast as he rode by. Since the police say she was not injured, I would surmise that there was no physical injury.

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