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Police Release Sketch of Sylmar “Ear Gauge Stalker”


SYLMAR, Calif. (KTLA) — Police have released a sketch of the so-called “Ear Gauge Stalker” who assaulted two women at an apartment complex in Sylmar.

The attacks happened early Sunday morning at the Mountain View Manor Apartments.

In the first case, the suspect approached a woman in her 30s who was pushing a baby in a stroller around 2:40 a.m.

Police say that he started with small talk, and then reached under the woman’s dress and groped her. The victim screamed and he ran away.

About an hour later, the same man approached another woman who was also walking back to her apartment.

He engaged her in small talk, and then grabbed her and dragged her into a secluded area, trying to undress her. Two passersby confronted the suspect and scared him off.

Both women described the suspect as having large gauge piercings in both earlobes.

He is described as a black male in his mid-20s, about 5’8″ tall and 160 pounds. He was either wearing a hoodie or a baseball cap.

“The suspect’s bold behavior speaks to someone who is impulsive and probably compulsive,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, head of the Mission Detective Division.

“I would expect he’s been arrested, if not convicted, for similar behavior,” Vernon added.

Detectives have canvased the apartment complex since the incident, warning residents.

They have also distributed crime alerts to nearby Sylmar High School and L.A. Mission College.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Det. Luz Montero, Mission Area Sexual Assault Unit, at (818) 838-9975.

Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.

Online tips may be placed at http://www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.