Photo by Alexander Nguyen
Photo by Alexander Nguyen

Details will be released Thursday at an afternoon news conference on the arrest of a suspect in two attempted rapes and other sexual assaults in Echo Park, Westlake, Silver Lake, Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles.

He is connected to eight incidents, seven of which took place on Aug. 1- 2. The most recent sighting took place Saturday morning in Hollywood, when the suspect was seen peeping into a home in the 1900 block of North Highland Avenue through a window, authorities said.

The attempted rapes occurred in the 800 block of North Mariposa Avenue in East Hollywood and the 1600 block of Cortez Street in Echo Park, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, whose request for a $10,000 reward in the case was approved by her colleagues on Tuesday.

The man checked numerous apartment doors and then entered unlocked units. When a female resident returned to her apartment from the complex’s laundry room, the suspect covered her mouth and pinned her to the wall. Her loud scream ultimately scared him off.

In the second case, the suspect pinned a woman against a couch and assaulted her. Her dogs somehow intervened and the woman was able to fend off the man and run for help, Solis said.

—City News Service

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