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L.A. police seek public's help in capturing Christmas Day rapist

Los Angeles police asked for the public’s help Thursday in finding the man who raped a 15-year-old girl in Echo Park on Christmas Day.

The girl was walking in a secluded area near Echo Park Lake about 7:30 p.m. when she encountered the man, who raped her then fled the scene, police said. The girl was treated at a hospital.

The suspect is described as a man in his 20s, possibly Latino, about 6 feet tall and between 160 and 170 pounds. He wore prescription glasses and was last seen wearing a black, hooded sweat shirt with white horizontal stripes, and he had a piercing on his lower lip.

Video of the suspect was captured by a surveillance camera at a nearby liquor store.

“Usually in our cases, where there is a later date, the detectives were following some leads and they probably have exhausted all of them, so they’re turning to the public for help,” said LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman.

Anyone with information about the attack or the suspect should call sexual assault detectives at the LAPD’s Rampart Station at (213) 484-3624. During non-business hours, call 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

-- My-Thuan Tran

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U guys never post anyone's comments, so it's kind of a waste, but you might try giving an accurate link to help solve this crime, the video linked does not work. Just goes to an LAPD feel good video that has an eternally long intro that loses most people's interest before discovering it isn't even connected.

I know you won't post this, but you might at least fix the link so that this public service announcement might actually do some good.

Newspapers who actually let people post are winning, just so you know.

Why is this being reported to the public 2 months later? Shame on you LAPD...

NIO, winning what? You could just post the link yourself:

http://www.lapdonline.org/lapd_tv/content_basic_view/44129

Video link isn't correct. It takes users to a LAPD promo video. Not the surveillance video.

I have to agree with NIO. If a comment section is even enabled, comments to the LA Times are usually delayed for hours or never posted at all. Why don't you use one of the systems used by the Daily News, Pasadena Star News, Sac Bee, SF Chron and others? These papers have a lively comment sections and attract READERS.
You might want to try it before you go completely belly up.

The standard for comments is that they be automatically posted then edited out if they are extremely inflammatory (either by other users or the individual tasked with monitoring comments) . The judgment to reinvent the wheel here is questionable. This section should be called "Edited Comments" or removed if the times doesn't have the staff to monitor it.

In response to reader concerns about Times comments policy:

Because of the high volume of comments on L.A. Now, Times staff are not always able to publish them immediately. We monitor our comments for language, taste and tone -- which means we have to read each of them.

Please be patient with us during times when the number of comments exceeds our ability to read and publish them in a timely manner.

because the LA times has better use of their time, rather than approve these dumb comments left by people like yourself.

Jen,

Maybe you can explain the circumstances surrounding the case and explain why the LAPD delayed going to the media? Could it be that they were investigating available leads first? Please let us know what you would have done differently.

Jen... Because the victim doesn't have blond hair and blue eyes. If she did, the case would be solved by now. Exhibit A, the young black woman from South LA who disappeared after the Malibu sheriffs released her in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night and didn't even have the decency to search for her until a few weeks later. "Justice for all" is a joke.

Rape is a such a sin. I pray for the 15-year-old girl, the LAPD as they work to solve this case, and for the rapist. He needs to repent, like yesterday, and take ownership for his immoral actions. In Jesus' name, please lead the rapist to go turn himself into the LAPD. Amen.

"We monitor our comments for language, taste and tone"

I have to wholeheartedly agree with some of the other posters. I have increasingly only viewed the Daily News' website because I got tired of how the comments are posted here (or in this case, not posted). The comment above highlights why people are annoyed. The Daily News has an automatic filter to block out profanity and certain epithets (the words show as only asterisks). As for "taste" and "tone", of course this is completely subjective and smacks of censorship!

For example, the LA Times frequently has histronic, hand-wringing articles about the plight of illegal immigrants, even though there is a groundswell of anger and resentment against them in the face of this economy and the failure of government to enforce our laws. It doesn't surprise me to have it confirmed that some of the public's comments on this issue would be deemed not worthy of posting because of their "tone" or "taste".

That, in fact, defeats the whole purpose of making comments available! I want to see what other readers have to say about a particular issue, whether I agree with them or not. I understand that there needs to be a tone of civility, as the Daily News site frequently degenerates into childish name-calling and back-and-forth cyber fights...

I thought I was the only one who had an issue with the comments...glad to see that's not the case. Way to stay competitive, guys--have your already limited staff read each and every comment individually, and annoy your readers while you do it! Sheesh.

MONSTER!! HOW SAFE DO THE PEOPLE OF ECHO PARK FEEL? LOOKS LIKE A BROWN ON BROWN CRIME, NOT A PROBLEM IF YOUR A LIGHTER SHADE. BY THE WAY L.A.P.D. I HAVE A FOURTEEN YEAR OLD DAUGHTER, THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW TWO MONTHS LATER THAT THERES A RARIST ON THE LOOSE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. JO-SKI

the whole story is a lie there was no rapist the girl was with him buying beer at the liquor store and she wanted to have personal stuff with alot of people that day


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