Teens sexually assaulted in stairwells

LOS ANGELES The suspect is accused of sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents last month, just four days apart, in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles.

The suspect followed a 13-year-old girl into a stairwell in the first incident in a building on the 6400 block of West Sunset Boulevard on Nov. 7 at about 10 a.m. Police said the victim was sexually battered. The suspect fled on foot after the attack.

The second incident was in the 500 block of South Hobart Boulevard on Nov. 11. A 19-year-old woman was forced into a stairwell of her apartment, robbed and sexually battered.

The suspect is described as a stocky Hispanic man in his late 20s, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall. Police are unsure of his hair color because the suspect has worn a baseball cap during both assaults.

"Right now, what we also want to stress to, too, is for women that are walking by themselves, it's a good idea to always be aware of your surroundings," said LAPD Sgt. Ruby Malachi.

Malachi stressed that both assaults occurred during the day, adding that women should be on guard during all hours of the day.

Anyone with information is urged to call the LAPD at (877) LAPD-24-7.

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