Violent Paroled Rapist Cuts Off GPS and Runs NR14484jk

December 23, 2014

December 24, 2014

Mr. Serapiglia was taken into custody by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department this morning in the Antelope Valley.

Los Angeles:  Joseph Serapiglia, who is a violent registered sex offender, absconded from authorities and police would like to warn residents in the community of this dangerous parolee.

On December 19, 2014, Serapiglia was last seen near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Roscoe Boulevard in the city of Panorama City.  He cut off his court ordered GPS monitor device and escaped to an unknown location.  According to Los Angeles Police Department’s Registration Enforcement and Compliance Team (REACT) detectives, Serapiglia is a dangerous felon who has exhibited a violent nature and is a threat to the communities of Southern California.  

On July 30, 1991, Serapiglia was sentenced to 42 years in prison for attempted murder and rape.  On April 16, 2014, after serving 23 years of his sentence, he was released to live in the community of San Fernando, California.  Eight months later, Serapiglia is now a parolee at large and the police are asking for the public’s assistance in his capture.

Serapiglia is described as a 43-year-old Hispanic male with brown hair, brown eyes and a bushy mustache.  He stands 5 feet and 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds.

Joseph Serapiglia

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact REACT Detective McPartland at (951)809-1647 or Officer Sanchez at (818) 669-5511.  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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477).  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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.