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News Release

Friday, May 12, 2017

Media Relations

Man Arrested for Attempted Sexual Assault in Church NR17141ti

Hollenbeck: The Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Detectives are seeking additional witnesses or victims who may have had contact with James Melendez.

On May 6, 2017, around 10:40 a.m., the victim was attacked in the Sacristy room belonging to a local Church located in 3300 block of Opal Street in the City of Los Angeles.

The victim encountered Melendez in the church and he attacked her. The victim defended herself and her resistance caused Melendez to flee the church grounds in his vehicle. Melendez's vehicle was later located and impounded by police.

On May 9, 2017, 50-year-old James Melendez, a resident of Los Angeles was arrested. He was booked for 220(a)(1) PC - Assault with the Intent to Commit Sexual Assault. Melendez is currently in custody and being held on $100,000 bail, and Hollenbeck Detectives are seeking additional victims.

Anyone with information about additional victims is asked to call Hollenbeck Area Detectives-Sex crimes Detail at (323) 342-8995. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.