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News Release

Monday, August 5, 2002

Media Relations

Serial Rapist Attacking Los Angeles Elderly Women at Home


Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, LAPD Operations West Bureau Commanding Officer, Deputy Chief David Kalish

Press Conference

Wednesday, August 7, 2002
4:30 p.m.

Hollywood Community Police Station
1358 North Wilcox Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles: On July 26, 2002 at approximately 3:00 p.m., an 81 year-old female was in front of her residence, near Vine Street and Melrose Avenue, when a male approached her. The male began to converse with the female. The male left and returned a short time later as the female was entering her residence. The male attempted to have the female open the door. When the female asked for identification, the male left.

On July 27, 2002 at 2:00 p.m., an 87 year-old female was home alone in the area of 3rd Street and June Street. The victim went into her backyard, leaving her rear door open. When she returned to her residence, a male suspect confronted her inside. The suspect demanded her money and ransacked the residence. The suspect sexually assaulted the victim prior to locking her in the closet. The victim was able to free herself and discovered the suspect was no longer in the residence.

On July 28, 2002 at 6:30 p.m., a 75 year-old female was home alone in the 6000 block of Ivarene Avenue. The victim was watching television in her living room when a male covered her mouth with his hand. The suspect demanded the victim’s money and then went through her property. The suspect then sexually assaulted the victim.

On August 4, 2002, at approximately 3:00 p.m., an 82 year-old female was home alone near 6th Street and Mansfield Avenue. There was a knock at the front door. When the victim answered the door, the suspect forced his way into the apartment. The suspect demanded the victim’s money and then fled the residence with the victim’s property.

It is believed the same suspect is responsible for all of these crimes. All of the victims have completed composite drawings. The suspect is described as a male, Caucasian or Hispanic, 25-35 years of age, 6’ tall, 180-200 pounds.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Roberts or Cedeno, at Robbery-Homicide Division, Rape Special Section, at 818-756-8309, or contact the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jack Richter, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.