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Man sought in fondling incident at Glendale apartment

Woman says she was followed, grabbed by man in old gray car.

August 08, 2013|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

A man fondled a Glendale woman's buttocks in a local apartment building this week as she tried to get away from him, police said.

The 26-year-old woman and her niece were walking in the neighborhood of Glendale and Elk avenues at 12:07 p.m. Tuesday when she first spotted the man, who was driving an older gray four-door sedan, according to Glendale police.

He continued to watch her until she reached the 300 block of East Chestnut Street, where he followed her into an apartment complex, police said. She immediately called the property manager to notify her that she was being followed.

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He allegedly walked up to her and told her she looked familiar before he touched her shoulder and buttocks.

Soon after, the property manager appeared and the man also told her she looked familiar. He fled after the property manager told him to leave.

The woman told police she recognized him for a previous incident that occurred a week ago in the same neighborhood, when she allegedly caught him staring at her.

The woman described him as Middle Eastern, in his 20s, with a goatee, slim build and short, dark hair. He also wore a red shirt.

The man hasn't been identified and detectives are investigating the incident, police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

It occurred less than a mile away from a similar assault last year.

In December, a Glendale High School student and her friend were walking to school in the 1000 block of Elk Avenue when a man suddenly appeared, grabbed the top of her shoulders and then fondled her breast, police said.

At the time, police released a sketch of the suspect but were unable to find him.

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