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Man suspected of teen rape arrested

February 20, 2009 6:23:20 AM PST
A suspect has been arrested in connection with the rape of a 14-year-old girl in Lakewood.Sheriff Lee Baca praised the work of his investigators on Friday afternoon during a news conference.

The sexual assault happened back on January 23 along the 12000 block of Gradwell Street. Authorities allege that Jonathan Allen Gamond, 32, impersonated a police officer when he came up to two 14-year-old girls at 8:45 p.m.

When one of the girls asked him for his identification, he allegedly knocked her to the ground. Gamond allegedly grabbed the other teen, drove her to a remote area, then raped her. He then dropped her off close to the spot where the initial attack happened.

The girls remembered a partial license plate number, and crime analysts were able to use that information to track the man down.

Gamond was arrested earlier this month at the Lakewood home he shares with his mother. Police said he had a history of criminal activity.

Baca said he was shocked to hear that a rape suspect would pretend to be a police officer.

"It makes all of us take a second gasp as to what kind of person is this. Obviously he wasn't a peace officer, but the fact that he used that rouse to assert his authority in a sexual and combative way to young girls tells me that he is a predator of the worst type," Baca said during the news conference.

Investigators said incriminating evidence was also found at his home, and fear more victims may be out there. Police urge any other victims or anyone with information to call the L.A. County Sheriff's Department at (866) 247-5877.


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