Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Area is asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would help in locating additional victims of indecent exposure.
On April 22, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., the suspect was driving a white van in the area of Ventura Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon, observed several girls (ages 3-7) playing in the outdoor eating area of a restaurant.
The suspect negotiated a U-turn and pulled along the curb in front of where the children were playing, and was observed masturbating in his vehicle watching the children play.
After a few moments, the suspect relocated to the rear parking lot of the business and was able to get even closer to the small children while still masturbating in his vehicle.
A witness who observed the incident, informed one of the parents as to what she observed the suspect doing. A short while later, a parent of the small children appears to come into view and escorts the small children inside of the restaurant to a safe location away from the suspect.
After an exhaustive canvassing of the neighborhood for video and along with the public’s help, Van Nuys detectives identified Kent Swift as the suspect. On April 25, 2018, Swift was arrested for the above crime.
Due to the nature of the crime, and the extensive criminal history with respect to Swift, Detectives believe that Swift may have targeted other victims in the surrounding area.
Anyone with information on additional crimes that may have been committed by the same suspect is urged to call Van Nuys Area, Los Angeles Police Department, at (818) 374-9500. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.