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Monday, January 12, 2015

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$100,000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to the Identity, Arrest and Prosecution NR15010SF

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Division (RHD), Special Assault Section detectives are continuing to ask for the public's help to identity a suspect linked to 35 sexual assaults that occurred primarily in South Los Angles and bordering areas under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs since February 1996. The last occurrence was in 2012.

Detectives from RHD have followed up on hundreds of leads, and are once again asking for the public's help.

The suspect typically approaches women who are alone on their way to school or work or who are waiting at a bus stop, between the hours of 5:15 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. The suspect talks with the victim, then threatens to kill them with a handgun or knife. The suspect forces the victim from the sidewalk to a secondary location, where he sexually assaults her.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 40 to 55-years-old, with brown eyes and brown hair. He stands between 5'2" and 5'6" and weighs between 130 and 170 pounds. He has been described as having a light complexion, a possible teardrop tattoo(s) or scar(s) below one of his eyes and a mustache. He may also have attempted to remove his teardrop tattoo. The suspect has been seen wearing a gray or dark hooded sweatshirt, a bandana, black baseball cap or dark-colored beanie.

The City of Los Angeles in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward for up to $100,000, for information leading to the identity, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for the series of sexual assaults.

Anyone with information concerning these crimes is asked to contact the LAPD's 24-hour, toll-free tip-line at 877-LAPD 247 (877-527-3247). To send tips by text message, please text the word TIPLA, a space, then your message to CRIMES (274637). To send web tips, log onto www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips." Tips can be emailed to: rhd-sas@lapd.lacity.org. You can visit the Facebook page created for this crime series at: LAPDSAS.





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