Los Angeles Police Department investigators are seeking help in identifying a suspect who attempted to abduct a female victim on Aug. 26 in the Olympic Division.
Detectives are also looking into whether the suspect is the same man who attempted to kidnap two children on Aug. 10 in Koreatown.
The incident on Aug. 26 occurred at approximately 9:15 a.m. in the 2100 block of W. Washington Blvd., just east of Western Avenue. The suspect pulled up in a van and called out to the victim, who was walking on a sidewalk on the south side of the street.
The suspect showed the victim pornographic photographs on his cell phone and spoke to the victim in Spanish, allegedly stating, “Get in the van, or you know what will happen.” The suspect had a handgun visible in the center console, and also exposed himself to the victim, said Det. Ron Kim, with the LAPD’s Olympic Division. The victim refused to get into the victim’s vehicle, and walked away and called 911
“We don’t have much to go on,” Kim added. “Obviously, we do have a guy out there who is approaching people. If someone encounters him, they should call 911 immediately.”
Kim said the suspect’s description is similar in both crimes, but the method of operation is different. During the attempted kidnapping on Aug. 10 at approximately 6:50 p.m., the suspect climbed over a fence at an apartment complex in the 1700 block of Westmoreland and approached children playing in a courtyard. He grabbed two victims, ages 2 and 3, and attempted to carry them away. The other children screamed, and the suspect dropped the victims and fled on foot.
The suspect in the Aug. 10 incident is described as Hispanic, approximately 25 years old, with black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 6 feet tall and 150 pounds, and was wearing a wide brimmed hat and dark sunglasses.
The suspect in the Aug. 26 crime was described as Hispanic with a light complexion, approximately 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 170 pounds. He was wearing a wide brimmed hat, and in both cases, the suspect was described as having dental braces.
The suspect was driving a white Chevrolet van with tinted windows. The victim last saw the van turning north on Oxford Avenue from Washington Boulevard.
“It’s definitely a high-priority case.” Kim said. “We canvassed the area. Patrols have increased, and the senior lead officers have been made aware of it. We are hoping to get a lead.”
Anyone with information about the crimes is urged to contact investigators with the Olympic Division robbery unit at (213)382-9460.
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