Woman sexually assaulted at Chandler Fashion Center


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Tanya Mendis

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 20 at 2:51 PM

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Police are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect who sexually assaulted a woman at Chandler Fashion Center over the weekend.

Chandler police said the assault occurred in the parking lot in the area near Buffalo Wild Wings and the movie theaters between about 12:45 a.m. and 1 a.m. Saturday.

Sgt. Joe Favazzo said evidence indicates the suspect followed the victim to the parking lot and was not already on the property.

"This is definitely a predator," says Sgt. Favazzo. "This is somoene we need to identify as quickly as possible."

Police believe the suspect is a Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with dark hair that is about 2 or 3 inches long. He was wearing a dark short-sleeved shirt, long pants and dark-colored shoes at the time of the assault.

The suspect is seen in surveillance footage driving a red two-door car with light-colored rims or possibly having wheel covers.

Police released a sketch of the suspect.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or online at silentwitness.org.