Police have released a sketch of the suspect, described as a Latino man in his 20s.
WESTLAKE DISTRICT (KABC) -- Police patrols near Hoover Street Elementary School in the Westlake District were stepped up Monday as the search continued for a suspected child predator.
It's nerve-racking news for parents in the Westlake District neighborhood. Authorities say on Friday a nine-year-old girl was walking to school when a man took her to an apartment building near the school and sexually assaulted her.
Police believe that the suspect may live in the area. The young victim didn't know the man's name but she did know his face. She says she'd seen him before in the neighborhood.
A number of parents chose to walk their children to school Monday after learning about the assault.