Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who bit a 20-year-old cosmetics employee at the Burbank Town Center -- after he tried to kiss her.
Investigators are concerned the man “may act out again,” or have other victims, according to Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn.
The man visited Simply Mica, a makeup kiosk inside the mall in the 200 block of East Magnolia Boulevard, to buy what he said were cosmetics for a family member.
He asked the employee about the lipstick she was wearing and requested to “bite those lips,” Ryburn said.
He went on to make several “unwanted advances” toward the employee, including grabbing her face and leaning in to go for a kiss.
A friend of the employee stepped in after noticing she was in distress, but the man just directed his harassment and both women, Ryburn said, asking them to kiss each other, which prompted them to call security.
Meanwhile, as the man attempted to kiss the employee again, she moved away, and that’s when he bit her on the upper back before fleeing the scene.
The man was described as Asian, 19 to 20 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 130 to 140 pounds with brown hair.
He was wearing a long-sleeved white shirt with red plaid, light blue jeans, a hat and diamond earrings.
Anyone with information on his identity, the incident, or who may also have been a victimized was encouraged to call the Burbank Police Department at (818) 238-3210.
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