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News Release

Friday, August 11, 2000

Media Relations

Sexual Assaults in Van Nuys Division

LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
PRESS RELEASE
Thursday, August 10, 2000



"Sexual Assault in Van Nuys Division"

Van Nuys - On Sunday, May 7, 2000, at 9:50 PM, an 18 year-old female Hispanic was walking home from work in the 8800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard when two male Hispanics approached her from behind, grabbed her and threatened her with a knife. The two males forced her into nearby bushes and one of the suspects sexually assaulted her.

There have been a series of crimes in the area over the past several months. In each case, the suspect approached a loan female Hispanic that was walking in the area. The suspect approached from behind, grabbed the victim, threatened her with a knife and pulled her into bushes or a secluded area. Robbery-Homicide Division, Rape Special Section is reviewing these cases to determine if they are related.

The suspects are described as two mail Hispanics, see composites below::




Suspect 1
Male, Hispanic, black hair, brown eyes, 5'-5'2", 140-160 lbs.,
20-22 years old.


Suspect 2
Male, Hispanic, black hair, brown eyes, 5'10'-5'11", 170-180 lbs.,
18-20 years old.



Anyone with information is requested to contact Detectives Brown or Cedeno, Robbery-Homicide Division, Rape Special Section, at 818-756-8309 or Detective Headquarters Division, off-hours, at 213-485-2504. For information in regard to this incident, please contact Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.

This press release was prepared by Officer Eduardo Funes, Media Relations Section.




For Release 1:00 pm PDT
August 11, 2000