A man suspected of assaulting women in their apartments in East Hollywood and Echo Park earlier this month has been involved in six additional crimes despite widely circulated surveillance videos and heightened efforts by police to catch him, investigators say.
Today, officials from the city and county of Los Angeles announced a $35,000 reward to help capture the man who police say has been responsible for attempted sexual assaults and burglaries from Downtown to Hollywood. The victims, in all but one of the cases, have been women in their apartments, said LAPD Detective Scarlett Martinez. In the most recent incident on Aug. 13, the suspect managed to climb to a second-floor window to peep into a woman’s bathroom. He left the scene after the woman began to scream, Martinez said.
While the LAPD is devoting additional resources, “we need the public’s help, honestly,” 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.
In a press conference this morning, L.A. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell and L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis said they have introduced motions to jointly fund the reward.
- Update on Wednesday, Aug. 17: LAPD says it has arrested a suspect in the case.
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