L.A. Man Charged in String of Crimes in South Pasadena

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A 22-year-old Los Angeles man arrested in a string of crimes that occurred in rapid succession and prompted the lockdown of South Pasadena schools was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor Friday.

A sign points to the South Pasadena Police Department on June 29, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A sign points to the South Pasadena Police Department on June 29, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Michael David Brownlee allegedly grabbed a 16-year-old girl near South Pasadena High School on Wednesday morning, and then exposed himself to a mother and her son nearby, according to a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office news release.

He then allegedly broke into several nearby homes and the fled. He was arrested later that day in Boyle Heights, driving a stolen vehicle, police said at the time.

Police initially said the suspect sexually assaulted two teens and an adult woman within a half-hour, and then broken into five apartments, but the DA’s office described a slightly different series of events.

Brownlee was charged with two counts of first-degree burglary with a person present, one count of first-degree residential burglary, one count each of assault with intent to commit rape, and driving or taking a vehicle without consent, and one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.

He used a knife, the DA’s office said.

He was set to be arraigned at court in Alhambra on Friday afternoon. Prosecutors planned to ask that his bail be set at $380,000.

Brownlee was in 2014 convicted of first-degree burglary with a person present, according to the news release.

If convicted as charged Friday, he faces up to 27 years in state prison.