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The city of Maywood Thursday announced a $5,000 reward for information that helps authorities arrest and convict a man who accosted four female residents in their homes recently, including a 13-year-old girl who was sleeping in her bedroom.

“There is a predator who is accosting a number of females in our community that must be stopped before he attacks another victim,” said Maywood City Councilmember Thomas Martin.

“The number one priority for the city council is the safety and security of our residents and by establishing this reward we are providing an incentive for someone to come forward and offer information leading to the arrest and conviction of this sick individual,” Martin said.

It wasn’t clear if any of the incidents resulted in rape or other sexual attacks.

The latest incident happened Oct. 20 in the 3600 block of 53rd Street, according to city representative Chuck Sifuentes.

“The suspect entered the house through a kitchen window, made his way through the home and found the girl’s bedroom,” Sifuentes said.

“(He) entered the bedroom and grabbed the sleeping girl by the leg and covered her mouth, at which time the victim’s father confronted the suspect before he fled,” Sifuentes said.

Other incidents occurred earlier this month in residences near the 6100 block of King Avenue and the 4300 block of 53rd Street.

The suspect was described as Hispanic, in his 20s, between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a thin build and wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station at (323) 264-4151, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

—City News Service

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