Police were searching Tuesday for a man wanted in two home-invasion assaults on women on the same day in different parts of Los Angeles, and in both cases he was caught on surveillance video.
The first assault was reported around 12:20 p.m. on Aug. 1 at an apartment complex in the 800 block of North Mariposa Street in East Hollywood, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Surveillance video shows the intruder entering the victim’s apartment through the front door that she had left unlocked while she went to the laundry room.
When the woman returned five minutes later, she found the intruder standing behind the door. He approached her, covered her mouth with one of his hands and pushed her against a wall causing her to fall to the floor, the release stated.
The victim began to scream, scaring the suspect away.
Just over an hour later, the man entered an apartment in the 1600 block of Cortez Street in Echo Park through another unlocked door, police said.
The victim heard the door open and her dogs barking aggressively.
When she went to check, she saw the intruder, the release stated.
The victim asked the suspect “What’s happening?” He responded saying, “You’re pretty, I want to make you mine,” according to police.
The man put his hand inside the woman's blouse and began to fondle her breasts. When she tried to pull away the suspect pinned her against the couch, the release stated.
The victim’s dogs intervened and attempted to bite the suspect’s leg causing him to lift it off the ground.
The woman used the opportunity to push him away and he fled.
The suspect was described as a black man in his late 20s, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing around 170 to 190 pounds. He was wearing a green shirt with a picture of the Virgin Mary, blue jeans and white shoes.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Rampart Burglary Detective’s Officer Riddle at 213-484-3487 or Detective Galvan at 213-484-3486.
Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).