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News Release

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Media Relations

Public's Help Needed in Finding Sexual Assault Suspect

Los Angeles:  A 12-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and the public’s help is needed in finding the suspect.

On April 1, 2009, at about 4:30 p.m., the young victim was walking into an apartment complex in the 8500 block of Balboa Boulevard.  As the victim neared the entrance gate in a small alcove of the complex, she was grabbed from behind by the suspect who sexually assaulted her.  After the assault the suspect walked away, southbound on Balboa Boulevard.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, 30 to 40-years of age, 5 ft. 6 in. tall with a thin build.  With the help of the victim a Department Composite Sketch Artist was able to draw a likeness of the suspect, a copy of which is attached.

Devonshire Area Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crime to contact Devonshire Area Sexual Assault Detective Rene January at 818-832-0609.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text “Crimes” with a cell phone or log on to and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.”  Tipsters may remain anonymous.