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News Release

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Media Relations

Hot Prowl Sexual Assault Suspect Apprehended

Los Angeles: On June 23, 2008, at approximately 3:45 a.m., the victim, a 7-year old girl, was asleep in her residence in the 200 block of North Park Paseo Lane, when the suspect, later identified as Alexander Linares, attempted to sexually assault her.  The victim alerted other sleeping family members by screaming.  Linares then attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended by the victim’s parents after a struggle.  Her parents were able to detain Linares until the police arrived.

Linares had managed to cut a hole into the screen of an open downstairs window and entered the residence through the open window.  He then entered the residence, and stole money from a wallet inside one of the bedrooms.  Linares found the girl sleeping in her bedroom where the assault with intent to commit a lewd act with a child occurred.

Linares was arrested and booked for Penal Code Section 288(A)-Lewd Acts with a Child. The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the US Attorney’s Office, Domestic Security and Immigration Crimes Section.  The District Attorney’s Office filed multiple charges which included assault with the attempt to commit rape and burglary.  The US Attorney’s as well as Immigration Customs Enforcement filed a warrant for federal charges 1326 (a)(b)2-Illegal re-entry following deportation.   If convicted of the state charges Linares faces multiple life sentences. The maximum statue penalty for the federal charges is 20 years.

Linares is Hispanic, brown hair, brown eyes, 5’ 5”, 130 pounds, 32 years of age.  Linares listed his address as transient but might frequent the area of the crime. His photograph is being withheld due to the possibility of other victims or witnesses who might have had prior cases involving Linares. 
       
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Teresa Curtis or Lieutenant Felicia Hall, Robbery-Homicide Division, at 213.485.2921. On weekends or during off-hours call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).

The community is reminded to keep their windows and doors secure while sleeping and to notify the police if anyone is seen lurking around their neighbor’s property.