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News Release

Friday, September 30, 2011

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Sexual Predator on the Loose in Wilmington NR11454cj

Los Angeles:  The LAPD Harbor Sex Crime Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing information about a sexual predator roaming in the city of Wilmington.

On September 26, 2011, at around 6:50 a.m., a 12-year-old girl was walking to school on Wilmington Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) when a man stopped his car in front of her and exposed his penis.  When other people began to approach he drove away.  Two days later, at 3:30 p.m., a 12-year-old boy was approached by two males in a car on Bayview Avenue and R Street.  The driver asked the boy to approach him, but the boy refused and walked away.  The driver followed the boy and pulled up next to him and asked the boy again to approach his car.  After the boy refused the man drove away from the location.   

Detectives say that both incidents occurred in the Wilmington area.  The description of the driver was a male Hispanic with a dark complexion in his mid-thirties.  He was seen driving a grey four door compact car in both incidents.  There was no description for the passenger in the second incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Harbor Area Sex Crimes Detective Gasparian at 310-726-7754 or 310-726-7900.  Off Hours call the desk at 310-726-7700.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).   Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477).  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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.