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Wichita police looking for man who tried to sexually assault woman in restroom

Video image of a sexual assault suspect in a case involving the attempted attack of a woman in a store restroom.
Video image of a sexual assault suspect in a case involving the attempted attack of a woman in a store restroom. Courtesy of Wichita Police Department

Wichita police are asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect who hid in a women’s bathroom before allegedly trying to sexually assault a woman.

The incident happened about 1 p.m. on Oct. 28 in a store at the Wichita Mall, 4165 E. Harry. A man was hiding in the stall of the store’s bathroom when he brandished a small knife and attempted to sexually assault a woman, Lt. James Espinoza said.

He was described as being white, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, 150 to 170 pounds, 30 to 40 years old and had facial hair. He was wearing an orange safety vest, brown boots, gray T-shirt and blue jeans, Espinoza said.

A video image of the suspect was also captured from a store camera, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 316-352-4842 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111 or e-mail bsafris@wichita.gov.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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