Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested, Additional Victims SoughtFollow up: It was originally reported that all of the victims in this case were female, however both male and female victims have been identified. Additionally, it was learned that Carlos Aguirre Jr. attended Banning High School in 2002 and 2003 and may have targeted students at that time. Anyone with information regarding this case, or who believes they may have been victimized by this suspect, is asked to contact detectives.
Los Angeles: Los Angeles police believe there may be more victims who have yet to come forward after a 23-year-old Wilmington man was arrested and charged in connection with the sexual assault of three minor females.
On December 17, 2008, detectives executed a search warrant at the home and business of Carlos Aguirre Jr. and charged him with lewd act on a child, rape of an unconscious person, criminal threats, and possession of narcotics for sale.
All of the alleged assaults are believed to have occurred at the “Simplemente Beatriz” wedding store located at 922 North Avalon Boulevard in Wilmington. The business is owned by Aguirre’s mother and provides weddings, proms, quinceneras, first communions, and baptisms services.
All three victims were minors. Aguirre apparently used alcohol and the illicit drug Ecstasy to sedate his victims and then he sexually assaulted them. He remains in custody on a $1.5 million bail.
A photo of the suspect is available through Media Relations Section.
Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call Harbor Division detectives at 310-522-2035. After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD. Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website, www.lapdonline.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous.