This morning, February 9, 2010 at 10:48 a.m., the Chula Vista Police Department received a call reporting that a woman had been sexually assaulted as she walked on the east side of the 700 block of Broadway. The victim told police the suspect walked up to her, grabbed her breasts, and then ran across Broadway, westbound, before disappearing into a row of business/apartment buildings.
The suspect in this case is described as Hispanic, male, approximately 30 years old, 5’2”, slender build, dark hair, clean shaven, wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt and a gray baseball hat.
There was a delay of about ten minutes from the time of the incident until police were called as the victim first contacted her husband to meet her near the scene. When police arrived a perimeter was set up and a police K9 was used to search for the suspect, but he was not located.
This is the 16th groping incident that has happened on or near the Broadway corridor since September of 2010.
In all cases, the victims have been walking on public streets when they were grabbed over their clothing and sexually assaulted, before the suspect fled on foot.
There are various suspect descriptions ranging from a Hispanic male to a light-skinned black male, between the ages of 18-35 years old. 5’5”- 6’ tall and thin to medium build. In most cases, the suspect wears a hooded sweatshirt.
On February 17, 2011 the Chula Vista Police Department will be conducting an open Community Meeting to discuss the groping cases, give safety tips and answer questions. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. and be held at the Chula Vista High School Performing Arts Center located at 820 Fourth Avenue.
The Police Department would like to remind all residents of the following precautions:
- Be aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions from cell phones, I-Pods, etc.
- Walk confidently and at a steady pace.
- If you think you are being followed, walk toward an area that is well lit and well populated.
- Be careful when people stop you for directions or money. Always reply from a distance.
- Never get too close to solicitors who are in cars.
- If you are in trouble or feel you are in danger, don’t be afraid to attract help any way you can; scream, yell, or run away to safety.
If you have been a victim or see suspicious activity, call the Chula Vista Police Department at (619) 691-5151. In an emergency call 911.
By taking a few minor precautions and being observant we can all help to increase safety in our community.
Police Public Information Office