Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Witness who spotted Los Feliz sexual predator to aid police

August 17, 2012 |  8:52 am

The roommate of one of the women victimized by a sexual predator in Los Feliz unknowingly stumbled into the suspect and will now help police with a composite sketch, Los Angeles police said.

Police have been warning residents in Los Feliz to lock their windows and doors after at least three women reported that they were sexually assaulted or battered by a man who entered their homes while they were sleeping.

Authorities said they believe that the man is also responsible for at least 13 burglaries in the neighborhood in recent months.

CRIME MAP: Los Feliz

Lt. Andrew Neiman said a male roommate of one of the victims saw the suspect in their apartment, but the suspect acted so calmly that the roommate did not realize the man was the alleged predator.

Police said they are hoping a sketch of the suspect will help lead to his capture.

Police said the man targets single working women and that he has stolen computers, money and other valuables, as well as women's underwear.

"One woman initially thought she was dreaming, but later realized she was the victim of a sexual battery," Neiman said.

The suspect is described as 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10 and weighing about 160 to 180 pounds. Police said they believe he is in his mid-20s or 30s and has a slim build, dark complexion and a mustache.


Kenny the Clown had Steve Jobs' stolen iPad

Authorities hunt thief who drove away with $75,000 Maserati

Search continues for 6-year-old swept away in Yosemite river

-- Richard Winton