Sketch shows man who groped teens in Mira Mesa

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SAN DIEGO – Authorities asked the public Wednesday for help in identifying a man who has groped teenage girls in Mira Mesa on at least five occasions in recent months.

Mira mesa groping suspectThe attacks were reported on several occasions between Sept. 1, 2016 and Jan. 24, 2017 and took place in the following locations:

  • 9000 Mira Mesa Boulevard
  • 9200 Hillery Drive
  • Mesa Village apartments at 1500 Caminito Baywood

The assailant grabbed the victims' buttocks and crotches from behind or while walking past them, then fled, Lt. Paul Phillips said. The groper spoke to them in Spanish and broken in English, in one case making small talk prior to committing an assault, the lieutenant told news crews.

The victims -- all of them underage, and two of whom were victimized twice -- described the assailant as a roughly 5-foot-3-inch, dark-haired Latino in his late 20s to late 30s. During most of the crimes, the man had a bushy mustache and wore a baseball cap with a "California Republic" bear logo on the front.

Police released an artist's rendering of the perpetrator this week as part of their efforts to determine who he is and track him down.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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