SOUTH PASADENA — Police are continuing their search for a man who broke into a young woman’s home and sexually assaulted her.
The 18-year-old victim awoke about 2:50 a.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Monterey Road and found a man in her room, South Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. He sexually assaulted her.
Police launched an investigation and released a composite sketch of the attacker to the public in hopes someone would recognize the man.
“The police department is currently soliciting, processing and following up on leads generated from the initial preliminary investigation along with those received from the public,” according the police statement.
“Information we have been able to develop during the course of the investigation suggests the suspect may have either resided in or frequented the 600 block of Monterey Road,” the statement said.
Investigators are also awaiting the results of DNA analysis of evidence collected from the crime scene, officials said.
Patrols in the area where the assault took place have been beefed up, according to the police statement, “even though we do not have any specific information to suggest the suspect may return.”
The attacker was described as a white man in his 40s, about 5-feet 11-inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown eyes, curly brown hair and facial hair. He wore a red hooded sweat shirt during the crime.
Police advised the public to keep in mind that the suspect may have altered his appearance, such as changing hair length or color, to avoid capture.
Anyone with information is asked to call South Pasadena police at 626-403-7270.
SUSPECT SKETCH courtesy of the South Pasadena Police Department