Police on Monday asked for the public’s assistance in identifying additional possible victims of a man accused of assaulting two young men, one of them a minor, in less than an hour in the Los Feliz area.
34-year-old John Everett Perry, a resident of Palm Springs, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Hispanic boy at about 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 24. Perry told the teen he was a modeling agent and asked him if he was interested in modeling, according to Northeast LAPD Det. Michelle Gomez. Perry allegedly lured the teenager into his vehicle where he sexually assaulted him, Gomez said.
About 45 minutes later and just a block away, Perry allegedly approached a 25-year-old Caucasian male inside a Starbucks located in the 2900 block of Los Feliz Boulevard, this time telling the alleged victim he was a fashion photographer before luring him into a bathroom where the sexual assault took place, police said.
“One of the victims is a juvenile and the adult is actually a very young looking adult—he definitely doesn’t look his age—so I’m sure the intention was a younger man,” Gomez told EGP, responding to a question regarding whether the cases involve pedophilia.
Because it was so easy for Perry to talk his victims into going to a secluded area, police believe there are likely other victims who have not reported their assault.
Northeast LAPD Captain Jeff Bert said they worked with the Palm Springs Police Department to execute a search warrant and arrest Perry at his home last Wednesday, Sept. 25.
“We’re really interested in the fact that there might be more victims because this suspect’s motive operandi is very particular, he used no force, he was friendly and he used a ruse—interested in modeling—and really committed two crimes within minutes of each other,” Bert told reporters. “So frequency, the style of it, it doesn’t make sense. We personally believe there may be more victims out there that are too scared, because of the type of crime that occurred, to come to the police.”
Gomez said the crimes involve male victims, which are not as common, so they are concerned additional victims are afraid to report the crimes.
Northeast Area Sexual Assault detectives believe there could be more victims in Palm Springs, the Los Angeles area and Orange County, Gomez said.
Perry was described as Hispanic when the crimes were reported, but detectives believe he is part Asian. He is accused of sexual assault and committing lewd acts on a child under 16, according to police.
Perry was released on $75,000 bail the day after being arrested. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 21.
Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD Northeast Area Sexual Assault Detective Gomez or Detective Salazar at (323) 344-5742. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).