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News Release

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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South Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Newton Area detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect responsible for sexually assaulting women in the South Los Angeles Wetlands Park area.

In October 2015, the suspect approached an adult female from behind as she was walking in the park. He tackled her to the ground and got on top of her. As she struggled with him he struck her numerous times before fleeing.

In February 2016, the suspect approached an adult female as she ran in the park. He grabbed her and attempted to pull her pants down. He exposed his penis. The suspect fled when another person approached.

In March 2016, the suspect approached a 17-year- old female as she ran in the park. He exposed his penis and grabbed her. He fled when another person approached.

The suspect is described only as a male Hispanic, 25-26 years old, standing 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing approximately 140-150 lbs. with black close cropped hair and facial hair.

All the assaults occurred within the South Los Angeles Wetlands Park.

Detectives believe there may be additional victims of other unreported incidents and are asking for the public's assistance in locating them.

Anyone with information about the suspect or additional victims is asked to call Newton Division Detective Garay or Flores at (323) 846-6576. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.










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