Woman sexually assaulted by homeless man in broad daylight on Long Beach sidewalk



LONG BEACH, Calif – A man experiencing homelessness was arrested Monday after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in broad daylight on a Long Beach sidewalk.

It happened around 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, when Long Beach Police said officers were called out to the area of Linden Avenue and E. Broadway. 

When they got there, they found a woman who said a man walked up to her from behind and assaulted her before running off. The entire thing was caught on surveillance footage.

FOX 11 got a chance to speak with the survivor of the attack. She called the incident “absolutely disgusting.”

“When I turned around, I did notice he started picking up his pants,” said Rebekah Pedersen. “If it wasn’t in broad daylight, and that [good Samaritan] was sitting there, [the suspect] would have raped me.”

Another surveillance camera captured the moments before the attack, as well as the alleged attacker’s face.

On Monday, the Long Beach police announced they’d arrested a suspect in the attack. Miguel Avila, 30, was arrested just after 5 p.m. near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Broadway.

He’s now facing charges of theft and sexual battery. His bail was set at $1,000. Long Beach Police said they’re still investigating the attack.


One response to “Woman sexually assaulted by homeless man in broad daylight on Long Beach sidewalk”

  1. Jordan casman Avatar
    Jordan casman

    $1,000 bail ? Women’s lives really matter . #Metoo

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