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Monday, July 6, 2015

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Bold Burglar Targeting Park La Brea Apartments Caught on Tape NR15229jk

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking public assistance in identifying a suspect involved in an Assault with Deadly Weapon and a residential burglary, both of which occurred in the Park La Brea Apartments.

On March 10, 2015, around 1:40 p.m., the suspect entered the victim's Park La Brea residence, located in the 400 block of Curson Avenue. The victim, who had been home all day, heard something from the bedroom and went to investigate. When he saw the suspect inside the living room, holding gloves and a key, he asked the suspect what he was doing inside the home. At that time, the suspect produced an unknown caliber handgun and pointed it at the victim. After ordering the victim to back away, the suspect fled the location on foot. In this incident, no items were taken from the home.

A second burglary took place on April 28, 2015, around 4:45 p.m. The suspect entered another Park La Brea residence, located in the 500 block of Burnside Avenue. The victim, who was also home all day, heard a noise coming from the front door, but did not see anyone. Shortly thereafter, the victim saw the suspect inside her apartment looking through her mail. The victim immediately recognized the suspect was Korean, and asked him in Korean if he was lost. Suspect said, "Yes" in English and fled through the front door. The victim discovered her credit card was missing from the desk.

In both cases, the victims told investigators that their doors were locked and believed the suspect was in possession of a key to the apartments. There were no signs of forced entry and at this time, it does not appear the suspect is a staff member of the complex.

The credit card that was taken in the second incident was immediately used by the suspect at a convenience store where his image was captured on surveillance. The suspect subsequently used the credit card at a restaurant and game store.

The suspect is described as a male Korean in his 20's, with black hair, standing approximately six feet tall, and weighing around 160 pounds. The suspect was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, and a pair of gold-framed Ray-Ban aviator style sunglasses.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Police Officer III J. Yoo, Serial No. 35837, assigned to the Asian Crime Unit, GND, at (213) 486-5350. During non-business hours or on the 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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