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Malibu/Lost Hills Lt. Justin Diez said the station’s detectives are “actively investigating” the sexual assault that reportedly occurred early morning of Feb. 8 in the 23900 block of Civic Center Way in Malibu.
As of the early afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 18, the suspect had not been caught, Diez confirmed.
The incident was made public Monday, Feb. 17, via social media. The incident occurred at approximately 3:45 a.m. on Feb. 8, and Diez said the police report also was taken on Feb. 8. Of the delay in making the information public, Diez said, “We just decided as the investigation progressed just to put out the [bulletin].”
Pepperdine University also posted a community alert on Feb. 17 noting that it was informed of the off-campus incident, but did not confirm whether a student was involved. Additional details on Pepperdine’s involvement with the matter were not immediately available.
Police say the suspect “entered the unlocked apartment and awoke the resident by sexually assaulting them. The suspect then apologized and rapidly exited the residence, possibly under the influence of alcohol/drugs.”
Diez declined to further comment on the extent of the attack, which has been classified by police as a sexual battery.
On Monday, police shared photos and a written description of the suspect, who is described as a white male around 30 years old. He has blond hair and a beard, and is about 6 feet tall and 170 pounds, police stated.
The man, who is said to be homeless — a classification Diez said was provided by the victim — reportedly was last seen on the west end of Civic Center Way, wearing all black clothing and a baseball cap.
The victim in the case is an adult, but Diez declined to confirm if they were a male or female.
Diez said the surveillance footage police reviewed from the apartment complex’s hallway did not show the man trying to get into other apartments.
Diez urged residents to remain vigilant, to be aware of their surroundings and to lock their windows and doors.
Authorities urge anyone with information on the attack to contact Detective Jason Ojeda at (818) 878-1808 or provide information anonymously by calling (800) 222-8477, or TIPS.