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Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Northeast Area Detectives are asking for the public’s help in their investigati LAPD Northeast Area Detective II Mark Raichel at (213) 344-5741.on of cases occurring in the Cypress Park area where suspects are attempting to lure female victims into cars.

There have been four separate cases that have occurred since October 2012.  Two of those cases involved the same victim.  In each case, the suspect, who remained seated inside his vehicle, pulled alongside the victim while they were walking by themselves and offered them a ride.  Each time, the victims refused to go with the suspect and fled to a safe area.  In each incident, the suspect has only engaged in verbal contact with the victims.

It is unknown if there is one or more than one suspect involved.  Two composites have been completed.  The suspect(s) description is as follows: a 30- to 45-year-old Hispanic male, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall.  The first composite sketch depicts the suspect wearing a dark baseball cap with short dark hair and a light mustache with a possible goatee.  The second composite depicts the suspect as bald, wearing small earrings and a chain around his neck.

The suspect has been seen driving a light-colored, 2007 to 2011 four-door Honda Accord with possible paper plates.  An additional vehicle has been described as a dark-green, 2007 to 2010 four-door Toyota Camry.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact LAPD Northeast Area Detective II Mark Raichel at (213) 344-5741..  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  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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