Police earlier this month released a surveillance video in hopes of capturing a sexual predator-prowler responsible for assaulting women in their apartments in Echo Park and East Hollywood. But the suspect, who wore a t-shirt featuring the image of the Virgin Mary, remains on the loose. That has prompted officials to offer a $35,000 reward in connection with the case.
Details of the reward and the ongoing investigation are scheduled to be made public on Tuesday morning, when Lt. J. Losorelli, who is in charge of detectives at the LAPD Rampart Division, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis are scheduled to hold a press conference at City Hall.
The suspect entered an apartment in the 800 block of North Mariposa Street in East Hollywood on Monday, Aug. 1 at about 12:20 p.m. The victim, who had left her front door unlocked after going to the apartment complex’s laundry room, returned to her apartment and found the suspect standing behind the door. An LAPD press release said:
“The suspect approached victim, covered her mouth with one of his hands and pushed her against a wall causing her to fall to the floor. The victim began to yell and scream scaring the suspect, causing him to flee the location. Victim was able to get up and lock the door behind the suspect.”
Later that same afternoon at about 1:50 pm, the same suspect entered an apartment in the 1600 block of Cortez Street in Echo Park through an unlocked front door while the victim was at home. The woman went to her living room after hearing her dog bark and encountered the suspect. An LAPD press release describes what happened next:
“The victim asked the suspect “What’s happening?’ The suspect responded ‘You’re pretty, I want to make you mine!’ The suspect approached her and inserted his hand inside her blouse and began to fondle her breasts. When the victim attempted to pull away the suspect pinned the victim against the couch.
The victim’s dogs intervened and attempted to bite the suspect’s leg causing the suspect to lift his leg off the ground. The victim used that opportunity to push the suspect away and out of the apartment.”
The suspect is described as an African-American male between the ages of 25 to 30 with black hair and brown eyes. He’s approximately 6-feet tall. The suspect was wearing a green olive shirt.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact LAPD Rampart Burglary Detective Riddle at (213) 484-3487 or Detective Galvan at (213) 484-3486.
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