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Santa Cruz police have released a sketch of a man suspected of groping a 23-year-old woman on Tuesday a block east of City Hall, a police spokesman said. The woman was leaning to retrieve some things from her car at about 4:30 p.m. in a parking lot at the intersection of Cedar and Church streets, Santa Cruz police Deputy Chief Steve Clark said. The suspect then reached under her skirt and grabbed her buttocks, Clark said.
When the woman turned around to confront the man, the suspect made some inappropriate comments while slurring his speech and appeared to be intoxicated, Clark said. A second male then came up, apologized for the suspect and shoved the suspect into the passenger seat of a car parked next to the woman’s, according to Clark. The woman ran to a nearby business to notify police but the car was gone by the time officers got there, Clark said.
The victim said the car was a silver 1990s-model Toyota 4Runner and described the suspect as a white man about 25 to 30 years old who is 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs about 165 to 170 pounds with short dark hair, dark eyes and stubby facial hair and was wearing a blue T-shirt and khaki pants, Clark said. Police consider the case unrelated to the Jan. 11 groping of a 12-year-old girl in Santa Cruz. Officers are currently following a promising lead in that case, Clark said.
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