DETAILS: The Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles Police Department are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects in a series of sexual batteries occurring in the last month in the Palms and Venice neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Between May 14 and June 16, 2020, detectives with the LAPD’s Operations West Bureau have identified as many as 13 possible incidents, with potential additional occurrences in Culver City and Marina Del Rey.
In this series, the suspects approach young females who are walking or jogging alone on streets during early evening hours. The suspects grab the women’s buttocks and breasts, then flee—on foot, on skateboard, on a bicycle and, in several instances, in a silver Mercedes Benz sedan. Witnesses describe the suspects as Black males in their early 20s wearing athletic clothing. One suspect is tall and slender, the other is shorter and heavier set. Though they have not been seen together, both appear to be connected to the silver Mercedes and are likely working together.
Detectives are requesting that anyone with information that could lead to the identification of these men contact LAPD’s Operations West Bureau, Special Assault Section, at 213-473-0447.