Sketch released in sexual assault case in Point Dume, Malibu

Los Angeles County Sherriff’s officials released a sketch of a man who reportedly sexually assaulted a woman while she was jogging at the Point Dume Preserve State Park Friday about noon.

The suspect fled in the victim’s white with silver trim, 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser with the license number 6CHF554,according to a press release from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station The suspect is still believed to be in the possession of the victim’s car.

A local resident who lives in the area said he talked to several witnesses who heard the woman’s cries. The victim had been reportedly jogging in the park and at the conclusion of her run she walked to the edge of a cliff and was then grabbed from behind by the suspect, who, she told authorities, attempted to sexually assault her. She struggled and was able to break free, and in the process of evading the attacker she ran down a hillside and jumped an unknown distance, and slid down the cliff.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She sustained abrasions and bruises predominantly from the fall down the face of the cliff. LASD Crime Lab personnel are processing evidence at the crime scene. A sketch of the suspect is underway and will be released when available.

The victim described her attacker as a white male, possibly Hispanic, approximately 35- to 40 years old, 5-feet, 10-inches tall, 200 lbs. with a stocky build. He has light colored eyes and no front teeth, and was wearing a black leather jacket with blue jeans and was barefoot.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff Station at (818) 878-1808 and ask for Detective Tom Lewis.

—Laura Tate

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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