A man who allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 14-year-old at El Sereno Park on Tuesday has been arrested and officially charged on Thursday.
The suspect, Edward William Banks, 27, from Los Angeles was located Tuesday night in the 2500 block of Mallory Street thanks to tips from community members.
The suspect was caught on surveillance footage allegedly abducting the 14-year-old victim near the 4700 block of Klamath Street.
Video from the Los Angeles Police Department shows Banks draping one arm over the victim’s shoulders as they walk down a neighborhood street near El Sereno Park.
Police say Banks threatened the child with a weapon and forced the victim into a bathroom where the sexual assault occurred.
He then fled the location in an unknown direction.
Banks has been charged with one count each of kidnapping to commit another crime, forcible oral copulation of a minor age 14 or older, forcible sodomy of a minor age 14 or older and forcible sexual penetration of a minor age 14 or older. The charges also include special allegations of kidnapping and use of a deadly weapon.
“The sexual assault of a child is one of the most horrific crimes we see in my office,” said Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón said. “Crimes like these are devastating and shatter the innocence of our children. My experienced team will work tirelessly to hold accountable the person responsible for this attack.
The investigation remains ongoing.