Irvine Police Department Press Release

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606
irvinepd.org

02/07/2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Release #:
020719
Contact:
Public Information Office
949-724-7112
kmohr@cityofirvine.org

Woman Fought Off Violent Attacker Who Fled After Trying to Rape Her

Irvine Police Department Detectives are working to identify a man who attempted to rape a woman at an Irvine office building in the early morning hours on Feb. 6. The suspect, who was caught on video, is described as Hispanic; 20 to 25 years of age; 5’4” and 130-140 pounds with a thin build; black hair and brown eyes with glasses. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black knit cap with the letter “P.” He carried a distinctive skateboard.

On Wednesday around 1:20 a.m., the suspect entered an unlocked door of an office at 17877 Von Karman Ave. and approached a woman who was cleaning the facility. The suspect asked the victim in Spanish if she was the only one there. When she said yes, he made aggressive sexual comments to her and ordered her to have sex with him. When she refused and said she was going to call police, the suspect pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victim, threatening her life.

He then pushed her into another room and forcefully tried to undress her. For four minutes, the victim is seen on video pleading for her life and fighting off the attacker.  Eventually, the victim was able to overpower the suspect and disarm him. The victim then ran for help in a nearby building.

The weapon was found at the location and determined to be a replica Glock handgun. The victim also reported seeing a knife during the attack. She suffered injuries during the assault, including bruising to her arms, hands and breast and scratches to her face.

A video clip of the attack is available at: https://vimeo.com/315942311/ad859842d5.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Irvine Police Department Detective Haldor Larum at 949-724-7194 or hlarum@cityofirvine.org.