Sexual Attack Suspect Nabbed Near Scene of Crime

September 4, 2001

"Sexual Attack Suspect Nabbed Near Scene of Crime"
Northeast: On Monday, September 3, 2001, at approximately 5:20 P.M., a ninety-year old female victim was on her patio, when she was approached by the suspect. The suspect pushed the victim inside of her residence demanding jewelry and money. The suspect proceeded to batter and sexually attack the victim. During the struggle, the victim was able to activate her emergency medical alert button that hung from her neck.
When the Los Angeles Fire Department received the medical alert activation notice, their dispatch attempted to telephonically contact the victim. Since the victim’s phone line was busy, dispatch contacted a neighbor who proceeded to the victim’s residence to check on her well being. As the neighbor approached, she could hear the victim crying for help. The neighbor observed the suspect assaulting the victim and yelled at him to stop. The suspect ran from the location as the paramedics arrived. Paramedic/Firefighter Paul Cajiao chased the suspect and with the assistance of two community members, detained the suspect for the police.
The victim was transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition.
The suspect has been identified as Eduardo Rodriguez, a male Hispanic, 32 years of age, and a resident of Los Angeles.
Robbery-Homicide Division, Rape Special Section has assumed investigative responsibility for this investigation.
Anyone with questions regarding this incident can contact Detective Stirling of Robbery-Homicide Division at 213-763-5060.
This press release was prepared by Officer La Donna Cissell, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.