‘Ear Gauge Stalker’ suspect surrenders to police
The suspect in the "Ear Gauge Stalker" case, suspected of sexually assaulting two women at a Sylmar apartment complex last weekend, turned himself in to Los Angeles police Friday and was arrested, authorities said.
Kevion Hunt, 20, was booked for attempted rape at the LAPD Valley Regional Jail Section in Van Nuys, police said. His bail has been set at $100,000.
The arrest comes after police released a sketch of the attacker, showing a man wearing large-gauge piercings in both earlobes.
Investigators showed the sketch to residents in the area where the alleged assaults occurred, according to Det. Mike Brox, head of the sexual assault unit.
Police said the first attack occurred about 2:40 a.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Manor Apartments. Authorities said a man approached a woman pushing a baby stroller and began talking to her. He then allegedly reached under the woman's dress and groped her, police said. The man ran away when the woman began to scream.
The second attack occurred an hour later, police said, when a man carried and dragged a woman 60 feet to a secluded area and tried to undress her. Two passersby intervened when the woman began to scream, and the attacker fled.
Brox said neighbors pointed detectives to an apartment complex on Beaver Street, across from the Mountain View Manor Apartments. Residents told police a young man with ear gauges matching the sketch lived there with his parents. Investigators eventually narrowed their search to Hunt.
"When we compared the DMV photo to the sketch, it was hard to imagine a better match," Brox said.
Investigators were getting ready to serve an arrest warrant Friday morning when Hunt walked into the lobby of the San Fernando police station with his mother and surrendered.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Police Det. Jerry Sally at (818) 838-9971. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (800) 222-8477.
-- Ruben Vives
Image: Police sketch of the "Ear Gauge Stalker." Credit: Los Angeles Police Department