Northeast Area LAPD Detectives today asked for the public’s help to identify suspects who have attempted to lure female victims into their cars. Four separate incidents have occurred since October 2012 with two of those cases involving the same victim, police said.
“In each case, the suspect, who remained seated inside his vehicle, pulled alongside the victim while they were walking by themselves and offered them a ride. Each time, the victims refused to go with the suspect and fled to a safe area. In each incident, the suspect has only engaged in verbal contact with the victims,” according to police.
Detectives don’t know if one or more suspects are involved, and have released two composite sketches of the suspect(s) described as Hispanic male(s), 30- to 45 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall. The first composite sketch shows the suspect wearing a dark baseball cap with short dark hair and a light mustache with a possible goatee. The second composite depicts the suspect as bald, wearing small earrings and a chain around his neck.
The suspect was seen driving a light-colored, 2007 to 2011 four-door Honda Accord with possible paper plates. Another vehicle is described as a dark-green, 2007 to 2010 four-door Toyota Camry.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact LAPD Northeast Area Detective II Mark Raichel at (213) 344-5741.
During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).
Tipsters may also submit text messages to Crime Stoppers at 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.