Authorities: Predator targets young girls

WESTLAKE DISTRICT Police are working with two composite sketches, but they believe they are looking for just one man.

"We've actually had the two composites put together, and we believe based upon the descriptions that came out on the composite, and also the way the suspect behaved, that these two are in fact linked," said Capt. John Egan from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Wednesday's attack happened on the 600 block Burlington Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Police say an eight-year-old girl was walking to school on Wednesday when a suspect approached her and lured her into an apartment building. The suspect took the girl to a secluded area an attempted to sexually assault her.

The first attack on Feb. 29 happened near James M. Wood Boulevard and Hoover Street. In that incident, a nine-year-old girl was on her way to school when a man started a conversation with her. The man pulled her into a nearby apartment building and attempted to sexually assault her. She eventually got away.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, 25- to 30-years-old, 5'6", 170 pounds, with black spiked hair.

Investigators have security camera videotape taken by a nearby business in Wednesday's incident, and they hope it will help them find this predator.

"There was videotape that was recovered, and that videotape is being enhanced. We have the suspect on video, we also have a possible suspect vehicle on the video as well," said Capt. Egan.

If you have any information about the suspects, or these incidents, you're asked to call the LAPD's tip line at (877) LAW-FULL (877-529-3855). Police are also encouraging parents to have someone accompany their kids to school.


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