Alleged ‘Red Car Flasher’ Arrested, Charged with 19 Counts
NORTH HILLS, Calif. (KTLA) — Police say they have arrested the man dubbed the “red car flasher” after two years and dozens of sightings.
24-year-old Luis Bucio-Cedeno was taken into custody last Friday after police obtained a warrant for indecent exposure, child annoying, lewd conduct and sexual battery.
He was booked on 19 criminal counts against 11 victims. He was due in court on Monday.
His bail was set at $110,000, but a no-bail federal immigration hold was obtained due to his immigration status.
According to police, the break in the case came in February, when a female jogger wrote down a license plate for the van of a man who had exposed himself to her.
During that same exposure incident, a red Toyota was parked in front of the van.
The victim remembered seeing the Toyota’s driver speaking to the van’s driver.
When the van left, she was astounded to see the Toyota’s driver also expose himself to her.
The van’s license plate set detectives on a trail that led to several other cars, one of which was registered to Bucio-Cedeno in North Hills.
Eleven separate exposure victims identified Bucio-Cedeno from photo line-ups, police said.
Detectives followed him for a couple weeks, hoping to corroborate the identifications by catching him in the red car, but he never drove it.
They decided they had enough evidence, so they presented the case to the City Attorney’s office and got a warrant.
Officers went to Bucio-Cedeno’s house Friday evening and used a ruse to get residents to come outside. When Bucio-Cedeno walked out, he was arrested
Polices discovered that his aunt had owned a red Camry until selling it recently. She said she had let him borrow it from her for several months.
Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD Mission Detectives, at (818) 838-9975. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).