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News Release

Friday, October 1, 2004

Media Relations

Sexual Assaults in Korea Town

 

What:
News Conference

When:
Friday, October 1, 2004 at 2:00 p.m.

Where:
Parker Center, 150 North Los Angeles Street

Los Angeles: A news conference will take place on Friday, October 1, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. in front of Parker Center, 150 North Los Angeles Street to ask for the public’s help to capture a serial rapist. Robbery-Homicide Division, Rape Special Section, has assumed investigative responsibilities for two sexual assault related crimes in the Korea Town Area.

The first crime occurred on August 26, 2004, at 9:00 p.m. In this incident the suspect was inside the victim’s apartment building when the victim arrived at home. The suspect opened the door to the apartment lobby for her. The victim walked to her apartment and was followed by the suspect. The suspect, armed with a handgun, forced his way into the victim’s apartment. The suspect demanded money and then sexually assaulted the victim.

The second incident occurred on September 28, 2004, at 8:00 p.m. In this incident the suspect followed the victim into her apartment building and then to her apartment. The suspect forced his way into the victim’s apartment at gunpoint. The suspect demanded money and then sexually assaulted the victim.

The suspect is described as a male, Black, 20 to 25 years old has black hair, brown eyes, 5’10"-6", 180-200 lbs., The suspect was wearing a purple or blue bandana or a baseball cap on his head. In both incidents the suspect was armed with a black or blue steel handgun. The suspect possibly speaks Korean.

Both crimes have taken place between 1st Street and Wilshire Boulevard and between Wilton Place and Normandie Avenue.

UPDATED INFORMATION:

On October 13, 2004, at about 6:30 p.m., the suspect struck a third time in the Korea Town area of Los Angeles with a home invasion and attempt sexual assault. This time, the suspect followed a female Asian victim into her apartment building and then to her apartment. The suspect, who was armed with a handgun, forced his way into the apartment, demanded money, and attempted to sexually assault the victim. Robbery-Homicide Detectives believe this crime was committed by the same individual who committed two other sexual assault crimes in the Korea Town area.

Anyone with information please contact Detectives Jesse Alvarado or Deana Stark, RHD, Rape Special Section, 213-485-2921. After hours call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 877-LAWFULL, (877-529-3855).

This press release was prepared by Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.