Irvine, CA – The Irvine Police Department (IPD) is seeking the public’s help identifying a suspect who attempted to rob two women in separate incidents. The suspect is described as male, age mid-20s to 30s, 5’8” to 6’1”, muscular build, and possibly with a dark complexion. At the time of the crimes, the suspect may have been wearing a dark hoodie, and pink or red shirt and jeans.
On Sept. 4, 2015, at approximately 7:35 p.m., an adult woman was walking alone in a greenbelt area near Chateau Circle when she was approached by an unknown male wearing a white bandana across his face. The suspect pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the victim and ordered her to the ground. He demanded the victim’s cell phone and money and then sexually battered the victim by groping her over her clothing. When the victim screamed, the suspect fled on foot without the victim’s property.
The victim called 911 and IPD responded to the scene to begin investigating the case and attempting to identify and locate the suspect.
At approximately 10:30 p.m., a second adult female was in the Culver Plaza shopping center when she was approached by an unknown male, who attempted to take her purse. The victim struggled with the suspect to hold her purse and was knocked or fell to the ground, sustaining abrasions to her elbow. The suspect fled on foot without the victim’s property.
The suspect was not wearing a bandana and no weapon was seen during the second incident, but IPD believes the same person was involved in both crimes based on the physical description provided by the victims and the nature of the crimes.
IPD is activity investigating both incidents, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation by providing two bloodhounds and handlers to attempt to locate the suspect in the area of the second attempted robbery.
Anyone with additional information about the identity of the suspect is asked to call IPD Detective Gavin Hudson at 949-724-7168 or Detective Karie Davies at 949-724-7131.
Anyone who is a victim of robbery or attempted robbery is encouraged to call 911.
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