Mid-City: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations-West Bureau’s Special Assault Section (SAS) are seeking additional victims and witnesses in a series of sexual assaults in the areas of North Hollywood, Mid-City, Hollywood, and Woodland Hills.
On February 28, 2023, investigators arrested 45-year-old Matthew Werner, a resident of Las Vegas, on suspicion of a series of violations of rape dating back to 2015.
Werner, a Massachusetts native, appears to have targeted women using social media and dating applications using various aliases to avoid detection. He is described as a white male, who stands 6-feet tall and weighs 250 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.
Investigators identified five women whom Werner assaulted within the City of Los Angeles but believe there are others who have yet to come forward. It is believed the suspect has been involved in additional unreported sexual assaults.
Detectives are requesting that anyone with information that could lead to the identification of additional victims or witnesses to contact LAPD’s Operations-West Bureau, Special Assault Section, at 213-473-0447. 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 the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.