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News Release

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Media Relations

Taxi Cab Driver Sexual Assault Series

Update: News Conference to Announce Late Updates in Highly Publicized Investigations:
Arrest of a Taxi Cab Driver Wanted for Numerous Sexual Assaults and a
Murder Suspect Arrested for Killing a Homeless Man by Setting Him on Fire

What:          
News Conference

When:             
Thursday, January 22, 2009
3:00 p.m.   

Where:         
LAPD Central Area Community Police Station (in front)
251 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014  
      
Who:                
Deputy Chief Charlie Beck, Chief of Detectives
Commander Patrick Gannon, Assistant Chief of Detectives
Captain Joan Wakefield, Commanding Officer, Central Area
Lieutenant Felicia Hall, Sexual Assaults Section, Robbery-Homicide Division
Detectives Adolfo Contreras and S. Johnson, Robbery-Homicide Division
J.C. Williams, Legal and Bandit Enforcement and Investigation Section, LADOT

Why:    
Robbery-Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a taxi cab driver that targets lone females and is responsible for at least 5 sexual assaults.

The series of sexual assaults are believed to occur between August and December 2008.  

A composite drawing of the sexual assault suspect will be released at the news conference as well as photos of the victim who was set ablaze.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sexual Assaults Section detectives at 213 -485-2921.  On weekends or after 5:00 PM, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877- LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).

 


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