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LAPD asks for public's help in search for suspect in woman's brutal attack [Updated]

November 11, 2009 | 11:23 am

Herrera The Los Angeles Police Department put out an urgent public plea as they searched for a man accused of raping, torturing and pouring acid on the face of a woman during a Halloween night attack.

Police identified the suspect as Miguel Angel Herrera, and officials said the attack occurred at his home in South Los Angeles. The victim, whose name was not released, was Herrera's girlfriend.

LAPD Capt. Art Miller said Herrera and the victim had some type of dispute before Herrera allegedly raped her, punched her, stabbed her, whipped her with an electrical cord and poured battery acid on her "to teach her a lesson."

The woman managed to escape from his home. Her condition was not immediately known.

[Updated at 11:38 a.m.: Miller said Herrera, 30, apparently became upset when the woman arrived late to his house. After she got away, he followed her in his car. But she made it to the home of relatives who took her to the Newton Division police station, where she reported the attack.

"Help us help this family," said L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose district includes the area where the crime occurred.] 

Herrera was last seen driving a 2005 red Nissan Titan. Miller said anyone who comes in contact with Herrera should call 911.

"Help us find this guy and put him in jail," he told reporters at an 11 a.m. news conference.

-- Ruben Vives in South Los Angeles

Photo: Miguel Angel Herrera. Credit: LAPD

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