A 33-year-old male suspect was charged on Tuesday with four felony counts stemming from the June 18 sexual assault of an 80-year-old woman at an apartment building in Hollywood.
The suspect, Marcus Datwione Peete had been in custody for a parole violation, but police didn’t link him to the assault until last week, according to Det. Sharlene Johnson, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division. Authorities said Peete was arrested on June 19 at an undisclosed location near Crenshaw and Olympic Boulevards. Johnson declined to comment further on the arrest pending the ongoing court proceedings.
According to a criminal complaint filed against Peete for the June 18 assault, the defendant has prior convictions for attempted robbery in 2013 and indecent exposure in 2015.
Prosecutors allege Peete entered the building near Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Street at approximately 4 a.m. on June 18. The suspect repeatedly pushed the door buzzer until someone let him inside.
The assailant took an elevator to an upper floor and allegedly knocked on the victim’s door. When she answered, Peete allegedly forced his way inside and attempted to sexually assault the victim. The victim fought back but was “severely” injured, according to police. Paramedics took her to a hospital for treatment, and she is recovering.
Peete is charged with one count each of attempted murder, assault, sexual penetration by a foreign object and first-degree burglary. He faces life in prison if convicted. The prosecutor declined to comment further on the case, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling.
Police held a press conference on June 22 and asked for the public’s help in locating the suspect. Authorities also released security camera images of the suspect entering the building and riding in an elevator.
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