Investigators say on March 26 Velasquez kidnapped a 24 year-old woman after hiding in the back seat of her unlocked car near the corner of Kittridge Street and Lankershim Boulevard. They say he then drove her to an abandoned apartment building near Kester Avenue and Sherman Way, where he sexually assaulted her.
Detectives used fingerprint evidence to identify Velasquez, and arrested him on April 15. He was booked for kidnapping, sexual assault, and residential burglary, and is currently being held without bail.
Anyone who believes they may have been a victim, or has information on the case, is asked to call LAPD detectives Crawford or Clifford at (818) 623-4090, or call the LAPD 24-hour number (877) LAPD-247.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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