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Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Continuation School Student Arrested for Kidnapping Classmate NR13121sm

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Mission Division officers arrested 18-year-old Jesus Gabriel Lares for Kidnapping, after a 17-year-old classmate reported that Lares pulled her into the boys’ restroom and began assaulting her.

On April 10, 2013 at around 2:00 pm, Lares and the victim were at Valley High School, a private continuation school for grades 7 through 12. According to investigators, the crime occurred after lunch when Lares grabbed the victim by her arm and pulled her into the boys’ restroom, then closed the door behind her.  Lares began kissing her but his actions were interrupted when another student knocked on the door.
Lares was separated from the victim by a teacher after she discovered they were inside the boy’s restroom.  The victim told the teacher what Lares had done to her at which time the she notified authorities.  The victim was not physically injured during the attack.

Lares was arrested on campus shortly after the incident was reported.  Lares was booked for Kidnap with the Intent to Commit Rape and his bail was set at one million dollars.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Luz Montero at 818-838-9941.  After-hours and on weekends, calls may be directed to the 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Anyone wishing to report a crime may remain anonymous by calling 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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