After a $35,000 reward was issued to help find a suspected sexual prowler, police didn’t have to go very far to catch him. The suspect was already in jail.
34-year-old Russell Harrison, who police claim is responsible for a series of assaults and burglaries aimed at female apartment dwellers in East Hollywood, Echo Park and elsewhere, was being held at the Twin Towers jail Downtown as officers were looking for him. Harrison had been jailed for allegedly trying to enter homes in Pasadena after a string of crimes in L.A., police said.
A tipster from Antelope Valley who was familiar with the man saw Aug. 16 news reports about the reward and called police to give them Harrison’s name. Police soon discovered that Harrison had been in jail since Aug. 9. Police said Harrison’s criminal history included crimes in Georgia, New Jersey and New York.
Today, Harrison was being charged with one count of assault with the intent to commit rape during a burglary and several other counts of burglary for the incidents that took place between Aug. 1 and his arrest in Pasadena, said Lt. Joe Losorelli with the LAPD Rampart Division during a press conference this afternoon.
However, police have determined that Harrison was not a peeping tom who was reported on Aug. 13 since he was already in jail.
Harrison gained entry into apartments and homes through unlocked doors, Losorelli said.
County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who announced the $35,000 reward with City Council member Mitch O’Farrell, said the tipster was still eligible to receive the cash even though Harrison was already in jail when the reward announced. She said the tip helped police find Harrison.
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