An armed man pretending to be a police officer showed a badge before fondling female victims in two separate incidents in the Hollywood area, one of which was caught on surveillance video, according to an LAPD crime alert issued Tuesday.
The most recent incident occurred Monday, when a man followed a woman into her parking area — in the 500 block of North Kingsley Drive in East Hollywood — and approached her vehicle.
He held a badge to her window and said her registration was expired, then ordered her out of the car and made her open the trunk, the alert stated. The police impersonator said he was searching for weapons.
The man then conducted a pat-down search of the victim, fondling her inner thighs and butt repeatedly. He may have been driving a purple Cadillac, the alert stated.
On Nov. 24, a man approached his victim as she searched for her keys in the 6100 block of De Longpre Avenue in Hollywood. He produced a badge and ID and told the woman to get against a wall while he searched her.
The young woman, a foreign exchange student, was walking back from a night class when she was assaulted.
Her host family, who asked not to be identified, said the student had been staying with them for a couple of months.
"She had given a bag of chips to a homeless man earlier," a family member said. "He told her he thought they were drugs."
He fondled her breasts and butt, then pulled a gun from his waistband and told her “If you scream or knock on the door, I’m going to shoot you,” according to the alert.
He then fled. He may have been driving a black Ford Mustang.
The man had a blue steel semi-automatic handgun, possibly from a holster on his waistband, in the Nov. 24 incident. In the more recent crime, the victim told police she thought she saw a holster on her attacker’s hip.
The assailant was described as a black man, 5 feet 8 inches tall to 6 feet 3 inches tall, and between 230 and 280 pounds. He had a tattoo or birthmark on his left temple.
Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Beatrice Girmala, commanding officer of Operations-West Bureau, tweeted out the crime alert flier about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, asking for help finding the sexual predator.
Anyone with information was asked to call Detective DeAnn Maltos at 213-473-0447.