Mesa PD asks for public's help identifying sex assault suspect

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(Source: Mesa Police Department) (Source: Mesa Police Department)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Mesa police released a composite sketch Thursday afternoon of a man suspected of sex assault, and asked for the public's help in identifying him.

Around 2:28 p.m. on Tuesday, the suspect approached a woman sitting near a lake at Dobson Ranch Park in Mesa. The man exposed himself to the woman and then groped her genital area, according to the Mesa Police Department.

The victim screamed and fought the man off. The suspect then ran away towards Dobson Road, police said.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his mid 20's with a heavy build and straight black hair. He had brown eyes and was wearing a black t-shirt and black pants. He was described as having what appeared to be a mole on the right side of his face, according to the news release.

Bre Barksdale says she was at the park with her niece later that same day and is disturbed by the thought of what happened.

"Honestly he was probably just trying to go after anyone so if we were there, it just makes me so upset," said Barksdale. "I actually think it's disgusting and it's a shame that ladies, or anyone in general, has to worry about random creepy guys coming up and doing whatever he did, exposing himself."

Anyone with information was asked to call the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-948-6377.

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