SDPD Seeking Suspect in Sexual Battery on MMHS Student. Has the “Mira Mesa Groper” Returned?

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The Union Tribune is reporting that a 15-year-old girl was sexually battered last week while walking from her home to Mira Mesa High School. The man walked up behind the girl, who was walking along Hillery Drive, at around 6:35 am on Thursday, October 12. After assaulting the girl, the man ran south through the Mesa Village condominiums. (see http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/sd-me-teen-groped-20171017-story.html)

The suspect is described as a Latino man, approximately 42 years of age, 5 feet 2 inches tall with short, dark hair. He was wearing a light blue, short sleeved shirt and baggy blue jeans at the time of the attack. The San Diego Police Department released the sketch at left of the assailant.

If you have information regarding this case, you are asked to call the San Diego Police Department’s sex crimes unit at (619) 531-2210, or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

The assault is similar to those reported between September 2016, and February 2017 in the same area. That assailant reportedly struck at least five times between September 1, 2016 and January 24, 2017. Police suspect there were additional attacks that were not reported.

The previous attacks occurred on Mira Mesa Blvd near Greenford Dr., Hillery Dr. near Rickert Rd., and on Caminito Baywood in the Mesa Village condominium development. According to an unconfirmed report, a man matching the description of the suspect also attacked a woman on Caminito Baywood at approximately 7 pm on Friday, February 10. Witnesses report that the suspect fled the scene after the victim’s screams attracted other residents.

The suspect in those assaults was described as a Hispanic male, 5’1” to 5’5” tall, average build, late 20’s to late 30’s, with a bushy mustache. The suspect spoke Spanish and English with a Spanish accent. During some of the earlier incidents the suspect was wearing a baseball cap with the logo “California Republic” which had a bear on the front. The police sketch of that suspect is at right.

For information related to the earlier cases, San Diego Crime Stoppers offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. (see http://www.miramesanews.com/2017/02/13/police-seek-mira-mesa-sexual-assault-suspect-may-have-struck-again-friday/)