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A man was in custody Wednesday for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old child at El Sereno Park northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Edward William Banks, 27, of Los Angeles was arrested Tuesday night after officers, responding to tips from the public, went to the 2500 block of Mallory Street, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

Banks was booked on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping to commit rape, and was being held on $1 million bail, the LAPD reported.

On Tuesday, police received “information of a sexual assault” at a park in the 4700 block Klamath Street, the LAPD said in a statement.

According to police, the suspect approached the victim and threatened the child with an unknown weapon before forcing the child into a bathroom, where the sexual assault occurred. The suspect then left the area in an unknown direction.

Police released security images of the man, and sought the public’s help to find him.

Anyone with information on the case, or who may have been victimized by Banks, was asked to call the LAPD Juvenile Division at 213-486-0570. Calls made during non-business hours or on weekends should be made to 877-527-3247.

Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at

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