LAPD detectives have captured a suspect wanted in a crime spree that included attempted kidnappings for sexual assault. Detectives are seeking any other potential victims or witnesses. The suspect is known to frequent the Burbank area and resides in La Crescenta, but may have struck in other areas of Los Angeles.
On March 22, the suspect, later identified as 37-year-old Jason Kies, attempted to kidnap two female victims in the North Hollywood area. The first occurrence was on Ben Avenue between Hesby Street and Addison Street. Around 8 a.m., Kies grabbed the victim and attempted to force her into his vehicle as she exited her vehicle on a residential street, according to police.
At noon on the same day, Kies allegedly attempted to steal property at a Marshall’s Department Store located on Ventura Boulevard near Vineland Avenue, where he fought with a security guard and fled without taking any property. Then around 1 p.m., Kies followed a second victim while she was jogging in the area of Tujunga Avenue and Sarah Street. He allegedly assaulted this victim and attempted to force her into his vehicle.
North Hollywood detectives identified Kies as a potential suspect, and immediately responded and sought him out in the La Crescenta area. He was obser-ved following a lone female jogger in La Crescenta, slowly following her along side streets. Detectives took Kies into custody without incident.
Throughout the series of attacks, the suspect was driving a gray GMC SUV. The suspect was also seen wearing sunglasses that he did not have in his possession when arrested. The suspect was described as wearing a black RVCA baseball cap, black shoes, gray shorts and a gray shirt.
Police are looking to determine if there were additional victims. Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to contact North Hollywood Sexual Assault detectives Pinner or Perez at (818)623-4090 or (818)623-4045. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877)527-3247. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800)222-8477. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” The public can also submit tips at www.lapdonline.org.
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