Police seek man suspected of targeting women in Debs Park; sketch of suspect released

Drawing of suspect released by LAPD

Drawing of suspect released by LAPD

The LAPD has released a drawing of a man suspected of assaulting or exposing himself to three women in Debs Park since January.

In each case the women were walking alone through the large park that sprawls across the hills east of the Arroyo Seco Parkway next to Montecito Heights and Hermon. The first incident took place in January when a woman was groped by a male Latino riding a bicycle; a similar incident took place in June when a man riding a green bicycle exposed his genitals to a woman after he asked to borrow her cell phone, police said. The most recent incident, which was reported by The Eastsider,  in July involved  a Highland Park woman who was punched in the face and thrown to the ground.

An LAPD news release provided a description of the suspect:

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic 20-25 years-old.  He stands 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 140 to 160 pounds.  He has a light complexion with dark short hair.  The suspect spoke Spanish to one of the victims and did not appear to be homeless.

Anyone who might recognize the suspect or have information about the crimes  is asked to contact Hollenbeck Division detectives at (323) 342-4110 during business hours or  (877) 527-3247 on weekends and non business hours.


  1. How does one appear not be homeless ? Nice caveat thrown in there by LAPD so they don’t have to move the Arroyo Seco camps. Remember all the pleas for help in removing the blight that have gone unanswered. Remember around election time when the council members and mayor tell you how good of a job they did keeping the neighborhood safe and clean. They will be held accountable for this inaction.

  2. El Sereno White Guy

    Looks like the drunks that hang around El Sereno on Eastern,,,,,, so much for thinking my wife could go for a morning jog and be alright. Wheres LAPD? start removing the scum of the streets. Get them for loitering, drunk in public, everything you can, eventually they will get locked up for more than a day and we can start turning these areas around.

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