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Tempe police seek man accused of sexual abuse on light rail

(Tempe Police Department Photos)

PHOENIX – Tempe police are looking for a man accused of putting his hand down a sleeping woman’s pants while she was riding the light rail this week.

The victim woke up during the Monday incident and took cellphone images of the suspect, who got off the train at Rural Road and University Drive around 10:15 a.m. and headed east by foot, according to police.

“When somebody commits a crime of this nature given the fact that the victim was sleeping, it’s extremely important at this point that we identify, locate and apprehend this suspect,” Detective Greg Bacon of the Tempe Police Department told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Thursday.

Police said the man is Native American, 25-35 years old and 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10. He was described as having a heavy build with black hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with no logo, black T-shirt and black pants.

Anybody with information was asked to call the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311.

Tips can also be made through the Tempe police website or social media accounts.

“We just urge anybody with information about this individual to contact us so we can prevent him from victimizing other people,” Bacon said.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ashley Flood contributed to this report.

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