Saturday, October 22, 2016

LAPD apprehends suspect wanted in Echo Park & East Hollywood assaults [updated]

The LAPD tonight says it has arrested a sexual prowler after a series of assaults and attempted burglaries from Echo Park to Hollywood. But officials are not saying much more.

LAPD spokesman Aareon Jefferson said an arrest had been made, and a 1 p.m. press conference has been scheduled for Thursday. But he had no further details.

News of the arrest comes one day after city and county officials announced a $35,000 reward for information leading to the capture of a suspect who had continued on a crime spree despite widely circulated surveillance videos. However, it’s not clear if the person who was arrested is the man shown in the videos and photos released by police.

The victims, in all but one of the eight cases, have been women in their apartments, said LAPD Detective Scarlett Martinez. In the most recent incident,  the suspect managed to climb to a second-floor window to peep into a woman’s bathroom on Aug. 13. He left the scene after the woman began to scream, Martinez said.

In most of the cases, the suspect has worn the same clothes: blue high top sneakers and a green t-shirt with an image of the Virgin Mary. Police say the suspect is a male, African American, 25-30 years old with black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 6 feet tall, and weighs around 170-190 pounds, and has been seen carrying a knife.

Anyone with information about these incidents can call 800-222-TIPS or the LAPD at (213) 484-3486 or (213) 484-3469.

UPDATED: A person familiar with the arrest said a tipster called police with the name of the suspect after seeing news of the reward. Police then discovered that the suspect was already in custody on unrelated charges.

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